The Balinese Cat: History, Temperament & Health Issues
The Balinese At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: United States
Dates Of Origin: 1950's
Average Weight Range: 6-11 lbs
Temperament Of The Balinese: Energetic and exhibitionist.
Breed Colors Of The Balinese: A wide variety of point colors is acceptable.

Happiest at the center of activity or investigating cupboards and shopping bags, the Balinese is also a superb escape artist!  A talkative cat, it sometimes appears, like its cousin the Siamese, to talk to itself.  The Balinese does not have very long hair, and from a distance some might be mistaken for a Siamese, were it not for the graceful plume of a tail.

History Of The Balinese:

A long haired Siamese was registered with the CFA in Britain in 1928, but it was only in the 1950's that a program began in the U.S. to breed them.  Longhaired Siamese were recognized in 1961 and named Balinese by a breeder who thought the cats reminded her of Balinese temple dancers.  The breed arrived in Europe in the mid 1970's.

Common Balinese Health Issues:

Easy loss of body heat.
Heart disease.
Upper respiratory infections.  Also see: viral rhinotracheitis in cats.
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