Balinese - BAL
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Balinese is a long, elegant, slender semilonghair cat producing a stylized extreme impression.
Top of head
Wedge-shaped and long. The wedge starts at the nose and broadens on both sides in unbroken lines to the ear base. Top of head is slightly convex or almost flat viewed from the front.
Muzzle and chin
The cheek bones are high set and narrow, the cheeks flat. The muzzle is fine, without expressed whisker pads.
The profile is a long straight line or a slightly convex line from the top of the head to the tip of the nose
The eyes are almond-shaped, set wide apart and not deep. The distance between the eyes is not less than one eye width. The eyes are set at a slant, with the outer corners set clearly higher than the inner corners.
The eye set and aperture harmoniously match the wedge shape of the head and produce the typical oriental look of the breed.
The colour is an intense dark blue, the deeper the better.
Very large, set wide apart and wide open.
The inner edges are firm, not hanging. They run both up and sidewise, without lying horizontally, continuing the lines of the wedge
The tips are in fact slightly rounded but appear to be pointed. They point far to the sides. The outer ear edges are firm without visible bends. They run down slantwise as low as not to distort the ear shape.
Size and boning
Medium to large sized but elegant, slender and muscular.
Tubular, elongated: the contours of the back and the belly are straight, almost parallel.
The rib cage and the shoulders are not wider than the hips.
Long and slender, slightly curved (swan neck).
Legs and paws
The legs are long and slender, straight set.
The paws are dainty and oval.
The tail is very long, whippy, thin at the base and ends in a pointed tip. It is furnished with fine medium long hair like a plume.
Medium long, shorter on the shoulders and legs. Ruff and knickerbockers can be present, but are not obligatory.
Silky, fine, almost without undercoat, close lying to the body.
All pointed colours and combinations with white are recognized.
See general part
Special breed faults
Unharmonious broken lines of the profile and of the head.
Weak hanging ears (with the exception of kittens).
White lockets and white spots on cats registered without white.
Slow development of points to be taken into consideration in kittens or juniors.
SIA, OSH, OLH