Coloring – The only point colors recognized by CFA are the same colors recognized in the pedigreed Siamese: seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point.
Eyes – Deep blue
Overall Appearance – 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.
Personality – Despite the regal bearing and aristocratic appearance, the Balinese cat is a clown with a heart as big as a circus tent. Although this breed is every bit as demonstrative and affectionate as the Siamese, Balinese are somewhat less vocal and have a softer voice.
Interesting Breed Fact – 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.
Breed information supplied by the
Cat Fanciers’ Association