Where the origin of the Balinese cat begins, no one is quite sure of. It is known that Balinese cats or “long haired Siamese” are produced by Siamese parents but they were considered inferior and most times were just given away. In the 1950’s two American Siamese breeders (Marion Dorsey and Helen Smith) took notice to the “long haired” kittens that their breeding cats occasional gave birth to and decided to start breeding them specifically. Helen Smith decided to name them Balinese because they reminded her of the gracefully Balinese dancers and that began the lineage of the Balinese cat. It is easy to spot a Balinese because their almond shaped blue eyes always have a twinkle to them, most people believe they even wink to say hello. Just like Siamese, all Balinese kittens are born with an eggshell or ivory colored coat and as they grow the color on their face, ears, paws and tail develops. There are four main coat colors: seal, blue, chocolate and lilac. The hair is usually in between one and two inches long but on their feathered tails the hair can be up to five inches long. The hair is very silky and because they only have one layer of hair (no undercoat) the hair flows smoothly along the skin. It is easy to see why they are considered the “ballerinas” of the cat world just by looking at their slender yet muscular body. These medium size cats have long, streamlined bodies. Their well-balanced legs and petite paws are also just as long but they are very muscular and fine-boned which adds to their agility. With large pointed ears and a slender nose their wedge-shaped head perches gracefully on a long, sleek neck. It is the loving and compassionate personality of the Balinese that makes them a favorite among cat lovers. These cats form a deep bond with every animal or person they meet which makes them perfect for families. At one moment the Balinese can be the class scholar with defined intelligence and the next moment they will be the class clown. They can be poised as if they are guarding the tomb of royalty and at the next moment be performing circus trapeze acts with the same grace and agility. They live for interaction and friendship with others and this need for attention will lead to mischief if left alone for too long. Upon your return though these vocal beauties will talk your ear off either chastising you for leaving or filling you in on what happed while you were gone.
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