Balinese:Cat Breed Profile


The Balinese is quite close to the Siamese, from which It descends straight. It has a less strident voice and longer hair. Its maintenance is however not more difficult. Its diet should be monitored so that It does not suffer from obesity.

It’s intelligent and emotional, very active and athletic. A hunter at heart, It likes to climb and gain height, and also to play.

History of the breed

The Balinese come straight from the United States and not from Southeast Asia as one might think. Its appearance takes place in the litters of Siamese, in the heart of the 1920s among American breeders. Siamese are short-haired, and therefore the sight of a cat with long or medium-length hair is appealing.

These first Balinese were sold in order to avoid any defect in the reproduction of the Siamese. However, starting in 1950, an American named Marion Dorsey decided to start breeding them and saw as a potential new breed. Helen Smith was at his side to help him in his task. The name Balinese was given as a reference to the dancers of Bali. The breed was recognized in 1961.

Physical features

  • Its body : The Balinese has an elongated body. It is elegant and proportionately well built. It is at a medium height. Its framework is qualified as fine even if it is not necessarily very thin in nature.
    Its coat  : The Balinese has a coat that varies from mid-long to long. It is silky and lying all over the body. It has no undercoat. The quality of the hair is what differentiates it from a Siamese for example.
    Its color : The Balinese standard accepts many colors. The main pattern is colorpoint (ends darker than the body). For the rest, the dress can be frost, blue, chocolate, cream or even red and lilac.
    Its head: It is the main characteristic of the Balinese. Its head is more triangular than round or elongated. This gives it a majestic air. Initially, however, the Balinese had a rounded head. However, the various a posteriori crossings have modified this morphology which has become so particular.
    Its eyes: They are almond-shaped and blue in color.
    Its ears: The Balinese’s ears are rather large and pointed, thin.
    Its tail: It is rather well supplied and carried with lightness. It may look like a feather.

Behavior With Others

Like the Siamese, from whom It has many characteristics, the Balinese likes to use Its voice.  Its repeated meows can make it annoying from this point of view, even if its volume is slightly lower. It is a very sensitive cat and very attached to its owner.

It doesn’t hesitate to follow him everywhere, all the time, which can make It a pot of glue. It likes to be the center of attention and does not stand it when others try to steal the show.

On the other hand, it supports other animals very well. It can easily be a good playmate for children. The Balinese has a seductive side that makes It very special. It also senses when It master is in low spirits or is sad. It will not hesitate to go and comfort him with hugs and a presence.

Living Conditions

The Balinese need to gain height. It’s active, always on the move, and needs to climb to thrive. So, there is no question when adopting this cat you will need to provide a cat tree.

It’s also a hunter at heart. It must therefore also dominate its territory to better see its prey. An apartment can quickly be too small for this feline who needs space for Its well-being and to satisfy Its needs. Thus, a house with a garden will allow It to go outside more regularly.

Health & Maintenance

The Balinese have iron health, although several genetic diseases can affect them. Thus, It will be subject to progressive retinal atrophy or even glaucoma and strabismus. Its eyes should be regularly analyzed and cleaned to prevent any risk.

Besides, It’s also affected by pancreatitis as well as amyloidosis. This is a cat who must exercise Itself physically in order not to risk being overweight. Rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza are all vaccines to be done as for many cats.

Hypoallergenic Breed: Yes

The life expectancy of a Balinese is between 10 and 15 years.

Despite It mid-to-long coat, the Balinese require little maintenance. Weekly brushing is sufficient for this breed, using a comb. In addition, it loses little hair during its moulting period.

It is recommended to clean the eyes as well as the ears of Balinese regularly to avoid any risk of infection. In addition, weekly brushing must be done rigorously to allow the dress to keep its shine and beauty.

Be careful, the Balinese must keep their fairly slender figure. It must in no case be a victim of overweight. A supercharger is strongly discouraged. Its diet must be in line with Its lifestyle, health and morphology.


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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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