The Balinese cat  , or the Balinese cat  , or the Balinese ( English balinese ) is one of the semi-long-haired cat breeds . The breed was bred in America as a semi-long-haired variety of Siamese cat .
|Category||IV - Siamese & Oriental|
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They come from short-haired Siamese cats, in purebred litters of which kittens with long hair began to appear in the early 30s.
The first registered long-haired kitten in a pair of Siamese was born in 1928 in the United States. Such “incidents” occurred regularly, but the breeders tried not to advertise this, and the long-haired children of the short-haired parents spent their lives “on the pillow”.
The natural mutation attracted breeders and they began to cross such previously rejected animals with each other. This work was started by Helen Smith from New York and Marion Dorsey from California, who developed a selection selection technique. In a relatively short time, scientists achieved clean lines of long-haired Siamese cats.
The breed received its first recognition in 1963, under the name "Siamese Longhair." After 5 years, she received a modern name. In 1965, the breed was registered, and in 1970 it was recognized as “Balinese” in the Cat Fansiers' Association and in TICA , and in 1972 the breed was recognized by FIFe and in 1984 entered it into its catalogs. The first Balinez standard was refined in 1967 and revised in 1970. This last standard of 1970 was adopted by the Cat Fansiers' Association . In 1988, the first blue-tabby-point balinese from the Czechoslovak Federal Republic was introduced into the USSR.
General description of appearance
According to the standards of the felinological associations Cat Fansiers' Association , FIFe , GCCF , TICA , balines should be identical to the Siamese, except for the length of the coat. Everything is elegant and flexible in his body, smooth lines are combined with muscularity and excellent physical condition. In good balinese, everything should be long and proportionate: body, legs, neck, tail.
The head is medium in size, in the shape of an elongated wedge, proportional, on an elegant neck, with wide-set ears, tapering to the muzzle in perfectly straight lines, with a straight profile, strong chin and regular bite.
The profile is straight from the crown to the tip of the nose, without bulges and dips.
The chin is medium sized, developed, its lower point is located on the same vertical line with the tip of the nose.
The ears are surprisingly large, with a wide base, widely set, continue the line of the wedge. From the chin to the tips of the ears, the straight lines pass, forming a triangle, without interruption on the cheekbones.
The eyes are "oriental", almond-shaped, set obliquely, as if repeating the lines of the wedge. They should be widely set, clear, saturated blue, the brighter the better. Deep-set, bulging, dull, pale-colored eyes are considered a fault. Strabismus is not allowed.
The body is medium sized, graceful, long on slender high legs with graceful oval paws. A magnificent combination of strong skeleton and developed muscles. The shoulders and hips continue the line of the tube-like body. The hips should not be wider than the shoulders. The hind legs are slightly higher than the front. Tight belly. Cats can be larger than cats.
The tail is long, thin, whip-like, thinning to a sharp tip. No knots or kinks are allowed. The long, flowing hair on the tail forms a plume.
Coat of medium length, thin, silky, adherent, without undercoat. Gradually lengthens from head to tail. The longest hair is on the tail.
The color of the Balinese cat breed is color point. Points - areas of the cat’s body that have a bright, rich color of hair: ears, a “mask” on the head, lower limbs, tail. All other areas of the body, and this is mainly the body, are as light as possible and should clearly contrast with points. On the body, let's say a light shade to match the color of the points. The “mask” on the head completely covers the entire face, including the pads of the mustache, and comes in contact with the ears, but does not merge with them. The "mask" should not turn into a "hood" and go to the back of the head. Marks on all parts of the body should be uniformly stained and of the same color. In the area of points there should not be any white spots or separate white hairs. Older balines have a tendency to general darkening of the whole body. Experts are condescending to this.
- Balinese Cat Standard (CFA)
Balineses are not loving loneliness, very sociable cats, smart and curious. Energetic and gentle, attached to the owners and love to participate in all their household chores. They get along well with children and other animals. They have a soft, pleasant voice. Some individuals like to "talk": making a variety of sounds, they communicate with the owner.
The coat of a Balinese cat requires almost no care. She is thin, silky, completely devoid of undercoat. Balineses do an excellent job of caring for her. Completely hair coat in this breed is formed by 12-18 months. For adults, the hair sometimes needs to be combed. To wash balines, use shampoo and conditioner for long-haired cat breeds. Drying cats of this breed is recommended with warm towels. The hair dryer can dry out the soft hair. The main thing is to make sure that the cat is warm after bathing.
- Siamese cat
- Balines - description of the breed, photo of balineses.
- Balinese Cat in the Open Directory Project Link Directory (dmoz)