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A Balinese Cat is a Siamese wrapped in a beautiful long flowing silky coat with a plumed tail. Under the long silky coat that this cat wears so proudly is a personality that is all Siamese. Even though they have the intelligence, affection, amazing blue eyes, curiosity, and larger than life temperament, this kitty has a softer voice and is somewhat less talkative than a Siamese. They are not nearly as fluffy as a Himalayan. Grooming is simple because the coat does not mat like the double coat of most long-haired breeds.
The breed originated as spontaneous “long haired Siamese” in a Siamese litter and were considered an oddity. The appearance of these kittens appeared in the early 1920's. No effort was made to promote the longhairs until the mid-1950's when two breeders Mrs. Marion Dorsey of Rai-Mar Cattery in California and Mrs. Helen Smith of Merry Mews Cattery in New York decided to initiate a breeding program. Mrs. Smith named the cats “Balinese” because they had the grace and beauty of Balinese dancers. Soon after, the breed became popular. Breeders began to perfect the appearance of the Balinese which led to the development of two types (just like the Siamese). These became the traditional “apple head” and the Extreme “wedge head”. Just like the Siamese, breeders and judges prefer the wedge head appearance in the cat shows.
In the Initial years of the Balinese cat, just like its predecessor, the cats had heavier bones and the shape of the standard apple heads. Compared to the breeds of today, they once had much longer coats with full ruffs and britches. Breeders improved the physical form by crossing it the parent breed of the modern Siamese and the features of the Balinese became leaner and longer. The breed standard for the Balinese is identical to the standard Siamese except for coat length and its Plume tail. For a longer haired cat, they only have minimal shedding.
The modern Balinese coat is silky in texture, with medium length lying close to its body. The color of the body has a long tapering form with softer lines than the Siamese. It is also daintier and more muscular. The general life span is 18-22 years, with the exception of crossed eyes sometimes appearing in the breed, there are no known physical defects.
The Cat Fanciers' Association recognizes the same four points as the pedigreed Siamese which are seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point.