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Old 10-03-2008, 01:15 AM
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(the following article is extracted from The Cat Fanciers Assocation www.cfa.org)

Breed Profile: Balinese

Take one Siamese cat ... add one ermine coat ... instant Balinese!

Whatís so great about a Balinese cat? Everything! Ask anyone who is owned by one of these fabulous felines what is so special about the breed, and you set off a glowing monologue that ends only when the speaker is exhausted. Under that long, silky ermine coat he wears so proudly, this beautiful cat is all Siamese, and that includes his personality. Despite his regal bearing and aristocratic appearance, he is a clown with a heart as big as a circus tent. To gauge the level of his intelligence, you have only to gaze into those sapphire eyes which sparkle with alertness and healthy curiosity. Although he is every bit as demonstrative and affectionate as the Siamese, he is somewhat less vocal and his voice is softer. Grooming is simple, for the coat does not mat like the double coat of most longhaired breeds.

It is generally accepted that the breed originated as a spontaneous longhaired mutation of the Siamese cat. Apparently, Mother Nature decided that the already glorious Siamese could be made even more glorious by adding the long flowing coat to the svelte body lines of this graceful oriental beauty. Coat length is the only difference between the Siamese and the Balinese.

Although it is probable that occasional longhaired kittens had been turning up in pedigreed Siamese litters long before they attracted the interest of a few imaginative breeders, no serious effort was made to promote the longhairs as a new breed until the 1940ís.

The breed standard of The Cat Fanciersí Association describes the Balinese as a svelte, dainty cat with long tapering lines, very lithe but muscular. Like its ancestor breed, the Siamese, nearly everything about the Balinese is l-o-n-g, including body, head, legs, and tail. It goes one step further than the Siamese in that its coat is also long. The most distinctive feature of the Balinese is its luxurious tail plume.

Because the Balinese has a single coat, in contrast to the double coat of other longhairs, the hair lies close to the body, flowing naturally toward the rear. Thus, it does not detract from the long, slim, lines of the basic body structure.

The only point colors recognized by CFA are the same colors recognized in the pedigreed Siamese: seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point.

Pricing on Balinese usually depends on type, applicable markings and bloodlines distinguished by Grand Champion (GC), National or Regional winning parentage (NW or RW) or of Distinguished Merit parentage (DM). The DM title is achieved by the dam (mother) having produced five CFA grand champion/premier (alter) or DM offspring, or sire (father) having produced fifteen CFA grand champion/premier or DM offspring. Usually breeders make kittens available between twelve and sixteen weeks of age. After twelve weeks, kittens have had their basic inoculations and developed the physical and social stability needed for a new environment, showing, or being transported by air. Keeping such a rare treasure indoors, neutering or spaying and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching (CFA disapproves of declawing or tendonectomy surgery) are essential elements for maintaining a healthy, long and joyful life.

There are CFA clubs devoted to the promotion, protection and preservation of the Balinese breed.

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Left pic: Pictured: Best of Breed GC, BW, RW BALI BABIES JOCETTE OF PURRMATIX, Seal Point Balinese Female
Photo: © Larry Johnson

Right pic : Pictured: GC PURRMATIX HOLDMECLOSERTINYDANCER, Lilac Point Balinese Female
Photo: © Chanan
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(Re-posted with permission from Bareen)

When a siamese have patterns they are called lynx point, not because of the pointed fur on the tip of their ear.

What is a tabby? ( http://www.balinesen.ch/tabby.htm )

Tabby is the "natural wild colour pattern" (the original color) of domesticated cats. If your Siamese or Balinese cat has stripes on the head and legs, it is a "tabby". (In the United States "striped Balinese" are called lynx-pointed Javanese.)

All tabbies have thin pencil lines on the face, expressive markings around the eyes, and a tabby "M" on the forehead. The ears have a paler thumbprint in center, called "wild spot". The body shading may take form of ghost striping in adult cats. The nose leather is in adult cats light in the middle with a darker surrounding. If you look up close at the light parts of a tabby's points, you will see that the individual hairs are striped with alternating light and dark bands, like the fur of a rabbit or a squirrel. This banding is called "agouti."

The first tabby Siamese appeared already around 100 years ago. The pattern arose from unmeant matings between Siamese cats and domestic shorthairs. This is why this colour first was not accepted. However, after clean breed was proven over several generations, in 1966 Tabby-Points were accepted by the british Siamese Cat Club. Afterwards, step by step the other associations followed with their acceptance too.

Tabby patterns

There are four different tabby patterns:

A mackerel tabby has narrow stripes that run in parallel down its sides. This is what some people refer to as a "tiger." This is the most common tabby pattern.
A classic tabby cat has bold, swirling patterns on its sides like marble cake, often with a circular "bullseye" on the side, or a "butterfly" on the back. This color is also called "blotched tabby".
A spotted tabby has spots or rosettes of solid color, as on a leopard. Sometimes these are large spots, sometimes small spots, and sometimes they appear to be broken mackerel stripes.
A ticked tabby (sometimes called "Abyssinian tabby" or "agouti tabby") does not have stripes or spots on its body, the ticked hairs are found uniformly over the entire coat, giving a flecked or freckled appearance. However, like all tabbies, it has tabby markings on the face and agouti hairs on the body. This is the color of the Abyssinian cat, but it also appears in orientals.

Tabby colors

All Balinese colors exist also as tabby or tortie-tabby varieties (exept white). You can tell what color a tabby is by looking at the color of its stripes and its tail tip. The color of the agouti hairs (the "ground color") varies also, some cats may have a washed out grey ground color and others will have rich orange tones.

A seal tabby has black stripes on a brownish or grayish ground color. The black stripes may be coal black, or a little bit brownish.
A blue tabby has gray stripes on a grayish or buff ground color. The grey stripes may be a dark slate gray, or a lighter blue-gray.
A chocolate tabby has brown stripes on a cream ground color. The black stripes may be deap brown, or a little bit "caramel" brown.
A lilac tabby has light grey stripes on a pale grey ground color. These stripes look peach-colored rather than lilac.
A red tabby has orange stripes on a cream ground color. The orange stripes may be dark reddish orange, or light "marmalade" orange.
A cream tabby has cream or light orange stripes on a pale cream ground color. These stripes look sand-colored or "light orange"-colored.

Red- and creme-pointed Balinese often show tabby-pattern even if the cat is genetically a non-tabby.
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Excited as you read your furkid's colour/pattern description here?

that's right - the point of this article is to show that the colour markings/patterns accepted as pedigree cat features -

your Domestic Furkid has this colouration/ pattern too. so you have a right to be excited - because your domestic furkid is special too!
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