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Breed Information
Popularity (2014) #31
Name Balinese
Other names Long-haired Siamese
Origin United States
Size Medium
Coat LongSoftSilkyUndercoat
Lap Cat No
Life span 10-15 years
Temperament AffectionateIntelligentPlayful
Weight Male: 5 - 10 poundsFemale: 4 - 8 pounds
Colors BlueChocolateCreamLilacRedTortoise Shell
Kitten Price Average $500 - $600 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Affection Level 5 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood With Others: It is usually good with adults, children (6+), and seniors and can be very affectionate towards them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Energy Level 5 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Regular grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. It stimulates circulation, massages the skin, and removes debris and loose hair.
Health Issues 3 starsHealth Problems: Unfortunately, it is known to have a myriad count of illnesses and conditions. Owners with these cat breeds should prepare for some long-term medical costs or hedge their risks with pet insurance.Hypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 5 stars
Shedding 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this cat to shed moderately. By providing it proper nutrition, regular grooming, and keeping the shedding contained to a small area, like a pet bed, will minimize shedding and make it more manageable.
Social Needs 5 stars
Stranger Friendly 5 stars
Vocalization 5 starsFrequent Vocalization: It is known to be very vocal. Owners might be concerned for excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.
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Kitten Names
Rank Male Female
01 Gizmo Sienna
02 Aaron Molly
03 Olley Luna
04 Buddy Ginger
05 Tommy Daisy
06 Gavin Chloe
07 Simba Lulu
08 Angus Emma
09 Gavin Willow
10 Titan Alice

The Balinese is an oriental breed with a fine, silky coat and dark markings (called “points”) on its wedge-shaped face, slender legs and long tail. In overall appearance, the Balinese resembles a longer-haired version of the Siamese, which is actually what it is. They do not have a woolly undercoat and are much less hairy than most other long- and semi-longhaired breeds. They are not predisposed to developing matted coats. The American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) only recognizes certain coat colors in the Balinese, which are the same as those of the purebred Siamese: seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point. However, other color variants were added to the breed standard in May of 2008, under what is now called the Javanese Division. These include: cream, red, smoke and silver solid-color points; lynx (tabby) points in blue, blue-cream, chocolate, chocolate-tortie, cinnamon, cinnamon-tortie, cream, fawn, fawn-cream, lilac, lilac-cream, red, seal, seal-tortie, smoke and silver; and parti-color points in blue-cream, chocolate-tortie, cinnamon-tortie, fawn-cream, lilac-cream, seal-tortie, smoke and silver. Balinese kittens are born with pale coats, developing their darker points as they age. Adult cats tend to keep darkening over time. Balinese have brilliant sapphire-blue eyes and large, wide-set ears. The CFA describes them as being “a svelte, dainty cat, with long tapering lines, very lithe but muscular.” Everything about the Balinese is L-O-N-G, from the tip of its nose to the end of its dramatically-feathered tail, which is among its most distinguishing features. These cats are easy-keepers, require little grooming and are generally less vocal than their Siamese cousins. All in all, this is an elegant, refined, graceful and extremely intelligent breed.

Despite their aristocratic appearance, Balinese are affectionate, friendly, clown-like cats with distinct individual personalities. They are inquisitive and can be quite demanding of attention from their owners. However, at times they only show their personable sides to their human and feline family-members. Some authors have described the Balinese as being curious but a bit aloof with strangers, although this is the subject of debate among breed enthusiasts.

Children & Other Pets
The active and social Balinese is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority. Always introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.