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Balinese

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Balinese

The Balinese is a medium-sized cat with long lines that are strong and muscular. They have the look of the Siamese, with the added long hair and beautiful plumed tail. The head is long with a tapered wedge. The skull is flat and there is no dip in the nose. The ears are very large, pointed and wide at the base. The medium sized eyes are almond-shaped and are sapphire in color. The body is long, graceful and svelte. They have small, dainty paws with five toes on the front and four on the back. The tail is long, tapers to a fine point and spreads out like a plume. Balinese generally darken as they age. A soft or mushy body or crossed eyes are penalized.

Temperament The Balinese is affectionate, lively and curious. Despite their regal appearance, they are clowns with big hearts. This is a social and active breed. They enjoy the company of other cats, people and friendly dogs. If the owner is away during the day, it is best to have another cat as a playmate. They do not like to be alone.
Weight 6-11 lbs.
Health Problems They are strong, healthy cats but have been known to have weak hind legs. Some in this breed have had nasal obstructions that cause them to breathe from the mouth.
Living Conditions This cat is good for apartment living and does not require a lot of open space; however, it does enjoy going outside whenever possible. They are good mousers and love to hunt.
Exercise The Balinese is naturally active. They enjoy playing and exploring and will initiate various activities on their own.
Life Expectancy Up to 15 years
Grooming Grooming is easy with the Balinese. The coat does not mat like the double coat of other longhaired breeds. It should be brushed once a week.
Origin It is believed that the longhaired Balinese is the result of breeding between Siamese and angora cats. Originally thought to be mistakes, they were not used for breeding. In 1940, breeder Marion Dorset decided that these cats should be a breed all on their own. She, along with Helen Smith, decided to change the name ?Longhaired Siamese? to ?Balinese.? They believed that their graceful movements resembled those of Balinese dancers. The Balinese had reached championship status in American by the late 1960s.