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Balinese Cat – Cat Breeds Guide

Adopt a Balinese Cat, Cat Breeds Guide

Introduction

The Balinese is a domesticated cat breed that is generally recognized by all major feline organizations that are members of the World Cat Congress, World Cat Federation and the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines. Most of these feline organizations consider the Balinese breed as distinct and separate breed that has been derived or bred from the Siamese cat breed. Other feline organizations recognize this as the longhaired variety of the Siamese cat breed and classified as a breed type under the Siamese group or category. The Cat Fancier’s Association is the only organization that recognizes two divisions of this particular breed: the Javanese and the Balinese.

There are also two types of recognized Balinese cat in the world today:
Traditional Balinese Cat
Contemporary Balinese Cat

Regardless of organizations, categories, divisions or recognition, the Balinese cat breed is basically a long haired cat with a point coloration that is similar to the style of the Siamese cat breed.

Official Name

Balinese
This breed is also known as the Longhaired Siamese cat.

Origin

The Balinese cat breed does not originate in Bali, Indonesia. Oddly enough, this domesticated cat breed originated in the United States and believed to have existed since the early part of the 1920’s. It was originally registered, recognized and accepted internationally as the Longhaired Siamese. By the 1950’s, an official and serious breeding program was initiated to distinguish it as a separate breed from the Siamese Cat. Pioneer breeding of the modern Balinese cat is credited to California cat breeder Mr. Marion Dorsey and New York cat breeder Ms. Helen Smith.

An effort to change that cat breed’s name commenced after the successful breeding program. The pioneer breeders felt that the original “Long-haired Siamese” name just doesn’t capture that new breed’s admirable grace and natural beauty. The name Balinese was chosen and was derived to depict the cat’s graceful movements and innate physical beauty, similar to the traditional Balinese dancers of the Kingdom of Siam now known as Thailand.

Quick FAQs
Size: The Balinese cat breed is domesticated cat that comes in Small to Medium sizes.
Coat Type: Generally, Balinese cats have coats that are considered longhair or semi-longhair and medium in length.
Body Type: Balinese cats have svelte or foreign body type. Cats of this type is characterized having broad and round bodies with a broad head and legs that are shorter than other cat breeds.
Grooming Requirement: The Balinese cat is a pretty low maintenance domesticated feline breed that will only require grooming attention once every two weeks.
Vocal Tendency: Balinese cats are considered to be very vocal cats and known to be a very “talkative” bunch.
Energy Levels: Balinese cats have very high activity levels.
Time Alone: A Balinese cat is unlike most American cat breed when it comes to personal time. These cats only needs 4 hours a day to have to themselves. This is maximum time, some lines of Balinese doesn’t mind having no personal time at all.
Care: Caring for the Balinese cat will require lots of attention and these cats can be quite a handful when it comes to handling.

Recognized By:
As a variety of The Siamese Cat Breed;
The International Cat Association – Recognize the breed as the semi long hair variety of the Siamese Cat Breed and classifies it under the Siamese Breed Group.
The Southern African Cat Council – Recognize the breed as a variety of the Siamese Cat Breed and classifies it under the Siamese and Oriental Breed Group.
The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy – Recognize the breed as a Longhair variety of the Siamese Cat Breed and categorizes it under the Siamese Category.

As a distinct and separate breed from the Siamese Cat Breed;
The New Zealand Cat Fancy – Recognizes the breed as a separate and distinct breed that is the longhaired version of the Siamese, where it was bred from.
Co-Ordinating Cat Council of Australia – Recognizes the breed as a separate and distinct breed that was derived from the Siamese.
Australian Cat Federation Inc. – Recognizes the breed as a separate and distinct breed and grouped under the Group 2 category.
Fédération Internationale Féline – Recognizes the breed as a separate and distinct breed and classified under Category 4.
World Cat Federation – Recognizes the breed as a separate and distinct breed and groups it under the Semi-Long Hair Group.

Recognizes two varieties of the Balinese Cat;
Cat Fanciers’ Association – Recognizes the breed as a separate and distinct breed and divides the breed into two different divisions.
Balinese division – are Balinese cats are apple-headed and comes in four traditional Siamese coat color which includes lilac, blue, chocolate and seal. Outside the CFA, these are commonly called the Traditional Balinese.
Javanese division – are non-pointed or wedge-headed Balinese cats that come in various colors and patterns that are not included in the four traditional Siamese colors. Outside the CFA, these are commonly called Contemporary Balinese.

Recognized Types of the Balinese Cat;
Traditional Balinese Cats have the original longhair coat that typically measures two inches long over the cat’s entire body. These cats are also considered as pointed Balinese, pertaining to the cats’ apple-headed appearance.
Contemporary Balinese Cats have relatively shorter coats and is very similar and often described as identical to the Siamese Cat with only one distinct difference. This type of Balinese Cat has a tail that is considered graceful silky plume in appearance, a physical trait not inhibited to the Siamese. Compared to the apple-headed Traditional Balinese, the Contemporary type cats are wedge-headed.

The Balinese cat breed originates from the United States and is believed to have been in existence since the early 1920’s. The cat’s Balinese name does not refer to Bali, Indonesia. It pertains to the beautiful and very graceful traditional Bali dancers from the Kingdom of Siam, now known as Thailand. The Bali dancers exemplify the Balinese cats naturally gracefulness and beauty, hence the Balinese name.

The modern name was changed from the original Long-haired Siamese cat after a successful breeding program that started during the 1960’s. This breeding development aimed to distinguish the breed from the original short-haired Siamese breed. Credits for the initial development of this particular breed go to Mr. Marion Dorsey of California and Ms. Helen Smith of New York.
After years of perfecting the physical appearance of the Balinese through strict selecting breeding, two types of this breed eventually emerged. The types are considered strands of one breed by majority of the international feline organizations, and call these types as Traditional and Contemporary. The Cat Fancier’s Association is the only known feline organization to recognize these strands as separate Balinese varieties. The CFA calls the Traditional type as Balinese and the Contemporary type as Javanese.
The Traditional Types / Balinese Division cats come in the four traditional Siamese colors and have heads that are considered as apple shaped. While the Contemporary Types / Javanese Division cats have colors or patterns not included in the traditional Siamese colors and have heads that are wedge in shape.

Personality

Generally, all Balinese cats are like their Siamese progenitors. They are cats that just adore and love attention from humans. These are cats that will display their playfulness towards everyone. Balinese cats are famous for being extremely fond of human interaction and companionship. This is a breed known to be very vocal and they will be “talkative” for no apparent reason at all. Compared to their Siamese ancestors, these cats will vocalize at a lower volume. These are very tolerant cats that will rarely show physical aggression when they get irritated. They are not scratchers, but will express their irritation through various vocalizations from moaning, growling and even hissing! The Balinese cat breed is also famous for their acrobatic skills, displaying their athleticism during play! This breed is also considered to be the most intelligent cat breed among all other longhaired cats.

Standards
Appearance
Generally, Balinese cats are longhaired Siamese that are wedge-headed or apple-headed and have long and lean bodies.

General
Balinese cats have svelte body types that are light yet strong and very muscular. These cats have long tapering lines on their foreign-type bodies. This breed has longer coats than that Siamese. The longhaired coat also appears softer and not as extreme in length when compared to other longhaired cat breeds.
Body
Balinese cats have medium-sized bodies that are long but graceful. The cat breed’s shoulders and hips compliments the sleekness of its tubular shaped body and the graceful appearance extends to the cat’s long and slender neck.
Head, Ears and Eyes
Traditional Balinese types or cats categorized by the CFA under the Balinese division have apple shaped heads or pointed in appearance.
Contemporary Balinese types or cats categorized by the CFA under the Javanese division have wedge shaped heads or non-pointed.
Both head shapes are long and tapering and medium in size. These cats head should be proportionate to the size of their body. The muzzles are fine and either wedge or apple-like in shape with a medium sized chin and jaw section. The Balinese cat breed has a very large and pointed pair of ears that are wide at the base area.
These cats have medium sized eyes that are almond shaped. Their eyes are slanted towards their nasal region and should be proportion with the lines of their wedge or apple shaped head and their ears. These cats have eyes that come in a deep and vivid shade of blue.
Coat and Tail
The Balinese cat’s tail is graceful in appearance with a long bone structure that is thin and tapering to a very fine point.
Traditional Balinese types or cats classified by CFA under the Balinese division have medium length coats that are 2 inches long and have a fine and silky texture. These cats have no downy undercoats and the hair lay very close to their bodies. When it comes to the tail region, the hair is spread out like a plume.
Contemporary Balinese types or cats classified by CFA under the Javanese division basically have the same coat texture and appearance. It only differs in length as this type of Balinese cats has somewhat shorter coats.
Color
Traditional Balinese types or cats classified by CFA under the Balinese division come in the four traditional Siamese colors that are lilac, blue, chocolate and seal.
Contemporary Balinese types or cats classified by CFA under the Javanese divisions are those that comes in a variety of coat colors and patterns that are not included in the four traditional Siamese colors.
Health
The Balinese cat breed is considered to be one of the longest lived domesticated feline breeds in the world as they have an average lifespan of 13 to 15 years. It is considered to be a very healthy cat breed.

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