The Lovely Balinese Cat
The Balinese cat offers
the best traits of several breeds
combined into a special cat that their owners prize.
is a breed that
according to the standard rewards body
(30 points) and color (25 points) but balances with coat and head (20
each) and eyes (5 points). This is a long, lithe cat that is strong
muscling under that deceptively dainty coat.
There shouldn’t be bones
showing in a good Balinese cat but the coat can soften lines somewhat.
medium length and fine with a silky but not downy quality. The hairs on
tail may be longer than that on the body, carrying almost
is a cat found in a
wide variety of colors from pale
fawn to cream in a seal point to a bluish white in a blue point. There
points – that is face, feet, tail and ears – that are chocolate, lilac,
lynx (tabby points),
parti color and red. However, CFA
only recognize the four traditional colors of the Siamese
- seal, blue, chocolate and lilac. Other colors are considered
The fine bones of the
Balinese cat combined with the slender
physique can highlight the graceful movement of this breed. It is
long haired Siamese born in 1928 contributed to the history but it
the 1950s that true breeding programs for these characteristics were
using those beautiful long
haired Siamese to develop the Balinese
simply as pets. Thus the initial lines were a ‘mutation’ of purebred
selected for that beautiful coat rather than the short haired variety.
The voice is similar to
the Siamese but often quieter and
less insistent about demanding attention. Breeders worked together to
stable gene pool and insuring the cats were indeed from Siamese
without other influences. In time some breeders wanted to add
colors, which would take crossbreeding to bring those colors in. This
resistance and the solution was to add a division within the breed
This is a breed that
loves to play and is very people
orientated. The Balinese cat wants to be with you no matter what you
They have a single coat close to the body that takes occasional
keep in good condition. This occasional grooming keeps any problems at
the coat is less likely to mat as other longer haired coats can.
Due to their body type
and coat a good diet and exercise is
essential. They should
feel like steel with a silk glove over it – with
muscling. Use their natural playfulness to keep their activity level up
This is a regal looking
breed with sapphire eyes that can
look through you and yet radiate adoration at the same time. He is
like a Siamese but somewhat quieter in ‘talking’. The Balinese is an
intelligent cat that inspires the devotion of their owners. If your
welcome feline royalty it is worth checking the breed closely to see if
are a great match.
***The pictures on this page are courtesy from Linda Galloway, a
Javanese Breeder, also a licensed CFA clerk I met recently in CFA show.
Her cats are lovelier when you see it with your own eyes. Over the last
few years, her Javanese are ranked among the top 10 of their breed
within CFA. You can visit her cattery's website at Sacchi-Cats.com
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