Balinese refers to a breed in KittyCatS that has a real-life counterpart by the same name. The first Balinese noted on the KittyCatS History document was a Balinese Seal Lynx, discovered by Mitchell Trenton on January 11, 2012 from the winter 2011 collection.
There are six known Balinese furs at this time:
- Balinese - Blue Lynx
- Balinese - Chocolate Lynx
- Balinese - Cream Lynx
- Balinese - Flame Lynx
- Balinese - Lilac Lynx
- Balinese - Seal Lynx Retired winter 2012
Real-Life Balinese Breed History & TemperamentEdit
"The early history of the Balinese is unknown although sporadic references to it occur from early on. While the longhaired kittens were showing up sporadically in Siamese litters, the history of the Balinese starts with the first breeding programs in the 1950s. Two Siamese breeders, Marion Dorsey (Rai-Mar Cattery) in California and Helen Smith (MerryMews Cattery) in New York, both fell in love with the beauty of some longhair kittens that appeared in their Siamese litters and decided to develop more of the lovely cats. Helen Smith coined the name Balinese to reflect their grace and elegance that reminded her of Balinese dancers.
The Balinese was originally recognized in only four colors: seal, blue, chocolate and lilac. Later on, red (flame) and cream along with the tabby (lynx) pattern were also accepted rounding out the color palette to include red (flame), cream, tortoiseshells "tortie" of all color combinations as both solid color points and tabby (lynx) points."
"The Balinese is a semi-longhaired variation of the Siamese and named for the graceful dancers of Bali. Despite their regal bearing and aristocratic appearance, the Balinese is a clown with a heart as big as a circus tent. To gauge their intelligence level, you have only to gaze into their sapphire eyes which sparkle with alertness and healthy curiosity."