The Balinese cat was bred from long-haired Siamese cats. The unique coat of the Balinese lies close to the body, flowing down to the tail. Long-haired Siamese cats are a spontaneous mutation of the standard breed, and several mentions of them have been found in records. In the 1950s, two Siamese breeders decided to develop a separate breed of long-haired Siamese cats, which became known as the Balinese cat.
Balinese cats have gentle, loving personalities and are very playful. They are not as vocal as Siamese cats. The Balinese is a medium-sized breed, with males weighing from 6 to 8 pounds and females weighing from 5 to 7 pounds. Unlike most long-haired cats, the Balinese cat's coat does not need much care. Since there is no undercoat, the coat does not mat, so it does not need much brushing.
The Balinese cat is named for the dancers of Bali. The coat colors originally accepted by the Cat Fanciers' Association, or CFA, were the same coat patterns allowed for the Siamese. Other, non-traditional colors were accepted by the CFA as a separate breed, the Javanese. The two breeds were merged in 2008, and now cats of all coat colors are considered part of the Balinese breed. The International Cat Association, or TICA, accepted the Balinese for competition in 1979.