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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Balinese Cat - Cat From Indonesia


Beauty Of Animal | Balinese Cat   |  The Balinese ( cat from bali indonesia ) "The "Balinese" is not actually from Bali or any part of Indonesia. It is not a natural occurring breed, but originates from human-controlled breeding efforts. The Balinese was originally registered as a "long-haired 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." are longhaired cats in the Oriental family and were developed from the long coated cats which occured naturally in Siamese litters in the U.S.A. They were named because their elegant shape and movement reminded breeders of the native dancers on the island of Bali. A medium cat in size, it conforms to the svelte body shape of the Siamese, but overlaying the slim body is a semi-long, fine silky coat about 50mm in length. A characteristic of the breed is the gorgeous long plumed tail. They do not require as much grooming as most other long coated breeds. Overall they are a most striking and graceful breed.

The ideal Balinese resembles the Siamese in every way except for the long coat. The eyes are blue and almond-shaped and acceptable point colours are blue, lilac, seal and chocolate. Balinese are active, busy cats, constantly following their owners around. They are affectionate, insatiably curious, playful and talkative and chat with their owners at any opportunity. The Balinese is an active, playful, devoted companion with elegant good looks and likes nothing better than a cuddle or a lap to sit on.


The "Balinese" is not actually from Bali or any part of Indonesia. It is not a natural occurring breed, but originates from human-controlled breeding efforts. The Balinese was originally registered as a "long-haired 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, Marion Dorsey of Rai-Mar Cattery in California and Helen Smith of MerryMews Cattery in [[New York state], decided that they would commence a breeding program for these longhaired cats.

The name was chosen on subjective grounds: Smith named the cats "Balinese" as she felt they showed the grace and beauty of Balinese dancers, and because "long-haired 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. It is unknown whether or not Smith actually visited Indonesia.

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