|Weight||6–8 pounds for males; 5–7 pounds for females|
|Life Expectancy||15 – 20 years|
The breed standard for the Balinese is indistinguishable to the standard for the Siamese in most respect, including overall body type and color, with the undeniable differences being Balinese’s longer coat, and their full plume tail. However, the Balinese is noted for its absence of shedding among long coated felines.
The contemporary Balinese has a medium length, silky coat that lies close to the body. This breed is epitomized by a long and tapering form, with smoother lines than the Siamese due to their fuller coat. It is both dainty and muscular. They have a wedge shaped head, sapphire blue and slanted eyes, large and pointed ears, and a linear profile. Their colours are standard with the Siamese too: seal point, blue point, lilac point, and chocolate point.
Personality-wise, the Balinese share many traits with their parent breed, the Siamese. Like the Siamese, Balinese are curious, outgoing, smart cats with good communication skills. Talking and interacting with people is what they are most fond of. One of the strongest quality that Balinese holds is the ability to coexist well with both animals and people.
It is said that a Balinese can sense your mood, staying close and cheer you up when you’re sad and sharing your joy when you’re happy. They may respond to your tone of voice and a scolding tone might hurt their sensitive feelings. To correct unwanted behavior, coaching tone and positive reinforcement are the most effective. These cats are agile and athletic, they love to play and easily learn to fetch and back and forth ball play. Having a home that is friendly for jumping and climbing is a practical consideration for the Balinese owners.
In the mid 1900s, longhaired little cats started showing up randomly in generally shorthaired Siamese litters. Some trust the recessive gene for long hair was brought into the European Siamese gene pool after World War I. Different breeds and some mixed breed domestic felines were utilized to rejuvenate the breed, since the Siamese was almost wrecked amid the war. The Turkish Angora, a breed with a luxurious semi-long fur like the Balinese coat, was thought to have been one of the breeds utilized. Others trust that the recessive gene for long hair is essentially a natural occurring mutation. The two speculations have been disputed, and both have their defenders, however nobody truly knows for sure.
Early 20th Century, the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) registered a longhair Siamese. Another war would come and go before the “longhair Siamese,” as it was termed, would begin to take the notice of breeders. Over the next few years, the breeders worked together to perfect the new breed, happily finding that when they bred two longhair Siamese, the litters were true to the long coat trait.
Cat fanciers will in general be comprehensive circlets inside the bigger cat fancier circle, including Siamese fanciers. Siamese breeders were against the new breed being known as a longhair Siamese, rousing Helen Smith to crown this longhair Siamese the Balinese, a name taken from the famous dancers of Bali. Everyone agreed that the Balinese breed is in fact as elegant as a dancer, with a soft and rhythmic ease of movement.