|The Balinese is, like his close relatives the
Siamese, Oriental Shorthair and Oriental Longhair (also called
Javanese), a cat with oriental type:
a very elegant, graceful and slender semi-longhaired cat. Balinse cats are
said to have been named after the dancers of Bali.
The Balinese is of medium size, her body is
slender and long, yet with a very well developed muscle strength, which is
quite hard and firm. The legs are high (long) and slender with fine oval
paws. The boning is fine and delicate.
The head builds a long wedge which tapers to a fine muzzle. The nose is
absolutely straight and long. The jaws are fine built. When viewing the head
in profile a long straight line can be seen, which starts at the top of the
head and continues straight to the tip of the nose. When viewing the head
from the front side the outer edges of the head build a long triangle.
The skull is not supposed to be flat, it is rounded, as if the cat would
wear a round helmet.
The neck is long, slender and graceful, thus emphasizing the elegant lines
of the Balinese.
The eyes are almond in shape and slanted to the base of the ears. Their
colour is of a striking deep blue. This combination between the almond shape
and the oblique placement of the eyes emphasizes the oriental appearance of
The ears are very large, very wide at their base, thus completing the
triangular shape of the head and continuing the outer lines of the head.
The coat is semi-long (not very long), very fine and shows almost no
undercoat. When you
stroke the coat you get the feeling of pure silk. The main characteristique
of the Balinesee is his coat colour, the Balinese is a pointed cat, i.e. the
colour is restricted to very few parts of the body. In the face there is a
mask, ears, legs and tail are coloured, the rest of the body is almost
white. This contrast between the coloured points, the white body and the
deep blue eyes makes this breed very attractive.
The tail is very long, rather thin and tapers to its tip. The coat on the
tail is not very bushy, rather flowing and forming a plume.
Indirha-Ina of Blue Moon, blue tabbypoint
Dr. Mirjam Kessler
Aldinia della Luna di Tina, lilac tabbypoint
of Blue Moon cattery
Owner Dr. Mirjam Kessler
Flori vom Keilberg, chocolate tabbypoint
|Balinese exist in the same colours as Siamese:
- white, which is called Foreign White
- sealpoint and bluepoint
- chocolate point and lilac point
- redpoint and creampoint
- in some organisations also cinnamon point and fawnpoint
- tortiepoint, i.e. with tortie patches, all colours as mentioned above
- and all these colours exist also with stripes (tabby), which is called
Tabbypoint, f.e. seal tabbypoint, tortie
Eur.Ch. Seraya's Indi, lilacpoint
Owner Christel Schirrer
Int.Ch. Robin Hood's Olivia, bluetortie point
Owner Doris Seitinger
It is supposed that the first Balinese was born in a litter resulting from a
crossing of Siamese x Siamese. This breed is not the result of any
spontaneous mutation, but the result of Siamese carrying the recessive
It is most likely that the introduction of the longhair gene into the
Siamese results from crossmatings with Turkish Angoras, done by English
breeders during the world war II to pertain at least parts of their Siamese
bloodlines. Turkish Angora are very similar in body type. Balinese have been
recognized as separate breed 1963 in the US, in Europe in the late 1980s.
Balinese are supposed to be semi-longhair cats, but the modern Balinese of
today do have rather short coat, which results from frequent outcrosses to
Siamese to cultivate the oriental type of the Balinese.
Balinese cats are talkative cats, they can get quite loud sometimes. Females,
which are in heat, and lonely studs can cry with an ear splitting voice.
But, in general Balinese are more quiet and not so loud as Siamese. The
Balinese loves to communicate with his owner. They are active cats, who like
to play. If they feel lonely without any playmate, they create one, and
anything will be dedicated to become their playmate. Balinese like to jump
quite high, but they keep their balance between the narrowest things with
great elegance, thus disrupting or disturbing very seldom something.
Balinese are no outdoor cats, they like a cosy warm place. They like to sleep on top of
radiators, the television or the computer, or anything which creates heat.
Balinese love their owners and demand attention and affection, they enjoy
riding on their shoulders or cuddling on their knees, or to cuddle in bed
under a warm blanket.
These extremely intelligent cats make very good companions for people, who
like to have constant companionship. Balinese will follow you, wherever you
go, if you sit down, they will sit on your lap, if you eat, they will sit
besides you on the chair, without being demanding or begging for food, if go
to bed, they will enjoy to sleep in your bed with you. Balinese will be your
friends for a life time.
Balinese require little grooming because of their thin coat. Brushing their
coat and combing it gentle will
remove dead hears and will produce a silk-like glistening coat.