The Somali cat is a
cat with a full ruff and bushy
tail that gives it a wild look. This is a breed that is prone to go
sleeping to racing through the house playing within minutes.
A medium sized cat with
medium length soft, silky coat they
need little grooming to stay in good condition. Their coat
is an agouti
bands of color on each hair, giving a unique look to the four
of ruddy, red, blue and fawn. Their eyes may vary from green to copper
will have tufts of hair between their toes.
This is a cat that for
all their charm is not for the faint
of heart. They are intelligent cats who can figure out how to turn on
open cabinets and drawers and hide in areas you would not expect. They
to toss toys in the air and bounce sideways playing. They’ll
soft voices and epitomize the enjoying life that we humans don’t always
They thrive on companionship from people, they love to play with
can appear to be a toy and they are endlessly entertaining in their
The Somali cat as
compared to other
breeds have smaller
mature slowly, reaching full size at a year and a half.
to handle with a good disposition. Alert and eager to experience life
standard of perfection gives 30 points to the color of that beautiful
head and body get 25 points each while the coat itself gets 20. they
crossed to an Abyssinian as an acceptable outcross.
The ruddy color is a deep
sienna brown color ticked with
darker brown or black. The red is a rich color ticked with chocolate
blue is shaded blues with a light color on the inside of the legs and
of the body that is a peachy color. Fawns are the only other recognized
with a lighter surface color ticked with shades of light brown. The
affect of these colors is a beautiful cat that seems to change color
from different angles.
They can be mischievous
and ready for anything at any time.
Their color stands out but their
lively personality endears them to
an open lap. Some that learn to turn on faucets will actually play in
The Somali cat is a ‘cousin’
to the Abyssinian, evolving as an
unwelcome recessive gene producing the longer hair unwanted in the Aby
Due to the low numbers of Abyssinians left after World War II there
been other breeds introduced and, as the short haired gene is dominant,
hair to short hair could produce long haired kittens if both carried a
up” gene for it. Initially these beautiful kittens were given away as
if to make them disappear.
Thankfully, they were
developed into the Somali, saving
these beautiful cats by creating a new breed and standard.