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CFA Pedigreed Breed: Balinese

Take one Siamese cat, add one ermine coat: instant Balinese!

What’s so great about a Balinese cat? Everything! Ask anyone who is owned by one of these fabulous felines what is so special about the breed, and you set off a glowing monologue that ends only when the speaker is exhausted.

It is generally accepted that the breed originated as a spontaneous longhaired mutation of the Siamese cat. Apparently, Mother Nature decided that the already glorious Siamese could be made even more glorious by adding the long, flowing coat to the svelte body lines of this graceful Oriental beauty. (Coat length is the only difference between the Siamese and the Balinese.) Although it is probable that occasional longhaired kittens had been turning up in pedigreed Siamese litters long before they attracted the interest of a few imaginative breeders, no serious effort was made to promote the longhairs as a new breed until the 1940s. The only point colors recognized by Cat Fanciers' Association are the same colors recognized in the pedigreed Siamese: seal point, blue point, chocolate point, and lilac point. Grooming is simple, for the coat does not mat like the double coat of most longhaired breeds.

Under that long, silky, ermine coat he wears so proudly, this beautiful cat is all Siamese, and that includes his personality. Despite his regal bearing and aristocratic appearance, he is a clown with a heart as big as a circus tent. To gauge the level of his intelligence, you have only to gaze into those sapphire eyes, which sparkle with alertness and healthy curiosity. Although he is every bit as demonstrative and affectionate as the Siamese, he is somewhat less vocal and his voice is softer.

Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. (c) 2011