A Siamese in every nature except for her long, silky ermine coat, the Balinese, also known as the Javanese, has a distinctive luxurious tail plume. This long, slender cat is lithe but muscular. An easygoing breed with a clownlike personality, the Balinese adores people. This regal, aristocratic, intelligent cat is talkative, though less vocal than the Siamese. A healthy breed, the Balinese can live up to 20 years.
The long, elegant body of the Balinese prompted the breed being named after the graceful dancers from the island of Bali.
Interested in learning about your cat's true nature? We studied one of their living ancestors, the African Wild Cat, and turned those insights into an interactive journal.