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Breeding Programme


Shown below are details of the various matings possible in the Balinese breeding programme and the results which can be expected:

Mating Kittens to be expected
1Balinese x Balinese All Balinese
2Balinese x Variant Half litter Balinese
Half litter variants
3Balinese x Siamese All variants
4 Variant x Variant Quarter litter Balinese
Half litter Variants
Quarter litter shorthaired not carrying longhair gene, registerable only as Balinese Variants
5Variant x Siamese Half litter Variants
Half litter shorthaired not carrying longhair gene, registerable only as Balinese Variants

Although in theory, the above results can be expected, in practice only matings 1 and 3 can be relied upon entirely. In other cases there is a great element of chance.

As far as Mating 2 is concerned, sometimes there are more, sometimes less, longhairs. However, all shorthairs will carry the longhair gene.

If mating 4 is used, bearing in mind the possible combination of genes, it is more likely that one in sixteen will be longhair. In fact, a longhair kitten may never appear, or alternatively (but as yet, unheard of, in Britain anyway) two could appear in the same litter. However, this mating, if successful, should produce a fairly typy longhair kitten, drawing strong Siamese characteristics from both parents.

Mating 5 is not recommended as it is impossible to know which kittens carry the longhair gene until test matings are carried out when these kittens are mature, thus involving keeping a whole litter until adulthood, or taking a chance. This also applies, of course, to the shorthair kittens produced from Mating 4.

Breeding Policy

A. Aims

  1. To widen, broaden and increase the bloodlines at present available to Balinese Breeders.

  2. To improve type, in order to conform more closely to the Standard of Points.

  3. By occasional backcrossing to Siamese, seek to prevent any deterioration in standard.

  4. To maintain the degree of "purity" which has been attained.

B. Notes for Guidance

  1. Members are encouraged to pursue their individual breeding programmes, selecting, with care, from the resulting progeny, healthy vigorous stock of superior type for future breeding, always exercising great care in placing both pet quality and potential breeding kittens into good homes.

  2. Breeders are advised to keep detailed records of all breeding and observations, both positive and negative. If such observations point toward any aspect considered harmful and detrimental to the future breeding of Balinese Cats, it should be referred to the Committee of the Society for effective remedial action to be planned.

  3. All shorthaired kittens produced from a Variant x Variant or Variant x Siamese matings must be registered as Balinese Variants and should never be sold for breeding.

  4. Variants can never be shown except on exhibition to illustrate progress or as part of a family group.

  5. Any kittens produced by mating a Balinese or Balinese Variant to any other breed of cat (other than Siamese) cannot be registered as a Balinese, Balinese Variant or Siamese.

N.B. A Balinese Variant is a shorthaired cat which carries the longhair gene.
Although it may look like a Siamese, it cannot be registered or shown as one.

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