Indonesian Cats | Balinese Cat Breed Info & Pictures
During the first years of cultivation the Balinese had heavy bone and apple-shaped head resembling the former Kiamese people. The Balinese also had much longer fur than today, with full frills and trousers. Throughout the years, Balinese growers have enhanced the race's shape by crossing it with its mother race, the Siamese, and the characteristics of the Balinese have become slimmer and longer, just like the Siamese of today.
Balinese standards are in most points the same as for Siamese, inclusive of the whole colour and length of the fur and the full flagtails. Indeed, the Balinese is known to have no scales among long-haired males.
Balinese coats are silken, of moderate length and tight to the skin. It has a long and pointed shape with smoother contours than the Siamese due to its thicker fur. Colours auch auch bei den Siamesen standart : pointe de phoque, pointe bleue, pointe lilas et pointe chocolat.
Balinese have a general lifespan of 18-22 years, and with the exceptions of cross-eyed dogs, this race is not particularly known for severe bodily deficiencies. The Balinese is also very similar in character to his motherrace. It is considered one of the most smart cats and is characterised by its good humour, good character and high level of sophistication.
One of the Balinese's greatest strengths is their interaction with nature. They say that a Balinese can feel the spirit of his own kind by showing love and remaining near when men are cyan. To have a house suitable for diving and rock climb is a useful idea for the Balinese lover.
Balinese are well adapted for interior use, but the primary focus is on practicality, as open-air kittens are more at increased danger of injuries, disease and kidnapping. Thus the Thai cattery ( "Siamese kitten " as most races did) was suffering from a loss of awareness and war.
Usually, after the impact of war has depleted an entire wildlife populace, growers need to do their best to reconstruct the almost extinct races. Often a grower chooses the best conformation with the race, and from there chooses the best from each succeeding throw, hoping not only to re-build a race, but even to improve it.
Crossbreeding is a small linguistic fact of cultivation, and as often as not, the races used are not registered. On many occasions growers will be insisting that variants have appeared by nature, although in reality they are directly related to the crossbreeding. That was the case with the Balinese race, descendants of the Siamese.
Longhaired varieties resulting from crossbreeding were either rejected or faded out until the beginning of the twentieth century, when the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recorded a longhaired Siamese cat in 1928. A further series of wars would come and go before the "long-haired Siamese", as they were called, would attract the attention of the growers.
The three growers, Marion Dorsey of Rai-Mar Cattery in California, Helen Smith of Merry Mews Cattery in New York and Sylvia Holland of Holland's Farm Cattery in California, would be crucial to the development and successful outcome of the long-haired Thai kennel-programme. In the following years, the breeder worked together to improve the new race, being happy to note that the casts, when they raised two long-haired symes, corresponded to the character of the long fur.
Cats lovers have a tendency to be included in the wider community of cats lovers, and Thai lovers are no exceptions. Thai breeder were against the new race being named Siam, which inspired Helen Smith to top these long-haired Syamese - according to most reports a name that comes from the famous Bali choreographers, and perhaps Mrs Smith wanted to maintain the phonetic similarity with the Sardinian name.
Everyone agrees that the Balinese race is indeed as charming as a female performer, with a gentle and rhythmical lightness of motion. After the Balinese were exhibited at the Empire Cat Show in New York in 1961 under the title Any Other Variety (AOV), the race began to assert itself and was admitted to the Championships by most US cats' federations.
In 1970, when the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) awarded the Balinese Championships title, the Balinese had a fixed standing and a loyalty of supporters.