The Balinese is a long-haired variant of the Siamese, the longhair feature originating as a random mutation. The breed has been present in America since the mid-1800s, when the kittens were considered as a 'fault' in Siamese cats, rather than the basis of a handsome new breed. But in 1928 and the ‘Long-haired Siamese’ was registered as a show cat by the American Cat Fanciers Federation.
By 1950 several US breeders were breeding Balinese cats. The name was changed from the original ‘Long-haired Siamese’ to ‘Balinese’ by the early breeder Helen Smith. The reference was to the grace of traditional Balinese dancers. TICA (The International Cat Association) finally recognized the breed as a show cat in 1979.
The Balinese has loads of personality. They are very fond of people and company, and have highly inquisitive and attentive natures. Their personalities are similar to the closely related Siamese - like them, they love to yowl, mew and chatter, but with a generally softer and slightly quieter voice than the Siamese. They are a bit less demanding than Siamese, too.
Balinese cats are very playful, and this can tip over into mischievousness. It helps if they have lots of mental stimulation to keep them occupied and content. Leaving them alone for long periods is not recommended, as Balinese and Siamese have a reputation for ransacking shelves and cupboards, given the chance! Muscular and athletic, they are the amongst the acrobats of the cat world. But much of this energy manifests as affection - they are great company, and make good family pets, happy with children and other pets. As long as you're not looking for the dull or quiet life!
Seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac self colorpoints.
- Status: Common
- Place of Origin: USA
- Rough date of Origin: 1950s
- Hair length: Longhair
- Activity Level: High
- Vocalness: High
- Child friendly: Good with children
- Playfullness: Attention Seeker
- Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
- Weight: 2.5 - 5.0kg
- Size: Medium
- Allergy friendly: Yes
- House Cat or Outdoor Cat: House Cat
- Pet Compatibility:
- Social Needs: