- Highly active and inquisitive cat
- Friendly but independent cat
- Very talkative cat
- Lean and elegant cat breed
- Requires grooming once a week
- Hypoallergenic breed
- Needs some out-door space
- May require familiarisation before living with children
The temperament of the Balinese cat breed is similar to that of the Siamese, but some owners think the Balinese is somewhat quieter. However, it is likely that the Balinese cat will still be something of an extrovert and will demand attention from its human companions. Balinese cats are extremely vocal and almost seem to talk to their owners. They need to be part of the family and their need for attention means they like human company and suit someone who is not out all day.
History and Origins
Country of Origin: America
The Balinese cat is basically a longhaired Siamese. First noticed in the early 20th century, breeders at first gave away their longhaired kittens. After the Second World War the breed was developed and originally called the 'Longhaired Siamese', it was renamed 'Balinese', due to the cats' resemblance to elegant, Far Eastern temple dancers. In 1961 the Balinese cat was recognised in America but it was not until the mid 1970s that the Balinese cat breed was imported into Europe.