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Balinese

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Balinese
origin:USA
weight:2 to 5 kg
grooming: Needs groomingsize: Mediumfur type: long
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History [ edit ]

The Balinese is a breed of longhaired cats in the Oriental family with long hair and Siamese-style markings, or points developed in the USA. Also the true origin of the Balinese is controversial, it is generally accepted that the breed originated from a spontaneous mutation by an incomplete dominant gene of the Siamese cat. This mutation resulted in the regular appearance of longhaired kittens in litters of pure-bred Siamese. Other experts say that it seems more likely that the long-haired gene was introduced when newer colours were created in Siamese by outcrossing to Persians or moggies. What is known for sure is that by 1940 some breeders decided to promote the longhaired Siamese as a new breed by allowing matings only among shorthaired and longhaired Siamese cats, thus preserving the Siamese background. This breed was named Balinese because their elegant shape and movement reminded Helen Smith, one of the breeders involved in the breeding programme, of the native dancers on the island of Bali. The Balinese resembles the Siamese in every way, the coat length being the only difference between the two breeds.
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