The primary feature of the Balinese is its beautiful long coat combined with the features and personality of the Siamese. In many ways Balinese cats resemble Siamese cats: they have a slim, elegant body with almond-shaped eyes. Balinese cats are in all aspects beautifully elegant animals. And also similar to Siamese cats, Balinese cats are very playful to the point of mischievousness and will express themselves in vocal chatters.
Balinese have extremely loving temperaments and bond closely with their families. The Balinese is highly intelligent, agile and acrobatic, and loves to play. They will be your best friend and want to be involved in everything you do. These vocal cats will chatter away with you. They do demand lots of attention and can get into mischief if left alone for long periods. They love to play and get along well with children and other pets, fitting easily into the family.
The same problems that may affect the Siamese can also affect the Balinese, including the following:
Amyloidosis, a disease that occurs when a type of protein called amyloid is deposited in body organs, primarily the liver in members of the Siamese family
Congenital heart defects such as aortic stenosis
Gastrointestinal conditions such as megaesophagus
Hyperesthesia syndrome, a neurological problem that can cause cats to excessively groom themselves, leading to hair loss, and to act frantically, especially when they are touched or petted
Nystagmus, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary rapid eye movement
Progressive retinal atrophy, for which a genetic test is available
Here is a helpful guide for the different characteristics of the breed. On a Scale of 1-5. 1 being very low level to 5 being high level.