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The Balinese cat breed is a semi-longhaired variant of
the Siamese breed. Its coat is of medium length, and very silky
Balinese kittens are found in the four solid point
colors associated with the Siamese breed (seal, blue, chocolate
and lilac point). It is also found in other colors and patterns, such as red point, cream point, lynx (tabby)
point, and tortie point. These cats used to be registered as Javanese in CFA, but these are now considered a color division of the Balinese
Although longhaired Siamese kittens appeared
in some litters, it was not until the mid-1950s that longhaired
cats of Siamese type and coloration were actively bred. The breed
was first accepted for championship status in 1961 by CFF.
Like its parent breed, the Siamese, the Balinese personality
very active, affectionate, talkative, and inquisitive.
Balinese likes to get underfoot and be part of everything its owner
does. There is no job that two hands can do that a Balinese will
think two hands and four paws cannot do better.
Some breeders work with a more traditional, round-headed and heavier-bodied variety, based on the Traditional or Applehead Siamese. They are available in the same colors and have a similar personality to the show-style Balinese. If you are more interested in this body type, look for breeders who advertise "traditional type".
Assocations: The Balinese cat breed is
accepted by most associations.
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