History & Overview
The Somali is intelligent, even-tempered and playful. Initially, it may be reserved about showing affection toward its owners. The Somali is the long-haired version of the Abyssinian cat. The ticked coat is not only longer but also softer, silkier, and with more color-bands per hair.
Apart from its coat, the breed is essentially the same as the Abyssinian. This breed is often described as “wild-looking cat.” The Somali began as unwanted accidents in the 1950s, with long-haired kittens turning up unexpectedly in short-haired Abyssinian litters.
The Somali is intelligent, even-tempered and playful. Initially, it may be reserved about showing affection toward its owners. This cat grows restless if closely confined indoors, but thrives in gardens and yards.
The Somali coat is soft, richly colored and slightly shaggy; its tail is long, bushy, and fox-like. A thick ring of fur excircles its neck. The overall impression of the ideal Somali is a medium cat, regal in appearance. The Somali is a foreign shorthair type. The males are larger than females, the females being finer boned and usually more active than the males.