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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 Balinese.
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.


Visit the cattery of Blue Moon

Indirha-Ina of Blue Moon, blue tabbypoint
Breeder Dr. Mirjam Kessler


Visit the cattery of Blue Moon

Aldinia della Luna di Tina, lilac tabbypoint
of Blue Moon cattery
Owner Dr. Mirjam Kessler


Visit the cattery vom Keilberg

Flori vom Keilberg, chocolate tabbypoint
Breeder Doris Seitinger

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 tabbypoint, etc.


Visit the cattery of Vienna Blue

Eur.Ch. Seraya's Indi, lilacpoint
Vienna Blue cattery
Owner Christel Schirrer

Visit the cattery vom Keilberg

Int.Ch. Robin Hood's Olivia, bluetortie point
cattery vom Keilberg
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 longhair gene.
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.



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