Search

balinese

The Balinese was originally registered as a 'longhaired Siamese', and examples were known from the early 1920s. The occasional long-haired kittens in a Siamese litter were seen as an oddity, and sold as household pets rather than as show cats. This changed in the mid-1950s, when two breeders, Mrs. Marion Dorsey of Rai-Mar Cattery in California and Mrs. Helen Smith of MerryMews Cattery in New York, decided that they would commence a breeding program for the longhaired cats. Helen Smith named the cats 'Balinese' because she felt they showed the grace and beauty of Balinese dancers, and because 'longhaired Siamese' seemed a rather clunky name for such graceful felines. The breed became quite popular after this, and a number of breeders began working on 'perfecting' the Balinese appearance. This led eventually to the development of two entirely separate 'strands' of Balinese cat - some owners prefer a traditional or 'apple-headed' Balinese, while breeders and judges tend to prefer a more contemporary appearance.

The Balinese is a breed of oriental cat with long hair and Siamese-style markings, or points. They resemble a Siamese with a medium-length silky coat and a plumed tail, but not nearly as fluffy as a Himalayan, and they require much less grooming. Balinese are extremely intelligent cats, although less talkative than their Siamese ancestors.

pets

If you're a fan of the balinese then check out the balineses below. view all pets >>>

  • Coconut
    Coconut

    Age: 5Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Ace
    Ace

    Age: 6Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Allison
    Allison

    Age: 7Y Sex: F

    United States

  • oalala
    oalala

    Age: 8Y Sex: F

    Australia

  • lita
    lita

    Age: 8Y Sex: F

    Argentina

  • Bailey
    Bailey

    Age: 15Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Karla
    Karla

    Age: 12Y Sex: F

    Romania

  • george
    george

    Age: 9Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Mambo
    Mambo

    Age: 11Y Sex: M

    United States

  • pixie
    pixie

    Age: 9Y Sex: F

    United States

advanced search

pictures

View the many balinese pictures our community has added and feel free to leave a personal comment on photos within our balinese gallery letting the owner know you stopped by. view all pictures >>>

  • The "Acester"
  • Allie
  • My Pet
  • My Pet
videos

No balinese videos yet!

owners

Below is a list of a couple of balinese owners. Our community of owners has pictures, videos, blogs and more and we invite you to explore them all. view all owners >>>

advanced search
blogs

No balinese blogs yet!



This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Balinese".