The long-haired cousin to the Abyssinian, this breed’s long, silky coat was at one time considered to be an undesirable trait by Abyssinian breeders, who took careful measures to ensure that it did not show up in their litters. In the 1960’s, however, cat fanciers began to realize the exquisite beauty of the long haired Abyssinian, and soon the Somali – named after the country bordering ‘Abyssinia’ – breed was born.
Somali cats are active, playful, intelligent, affectionate and lots of fun. They thrive on attention and make wonderful companions, putting the myth of the “aloof cat” to rest.
As beautiful as they are to look at with their expressive almond-shaped green eyes and delicate markings, Somalis captivate their owners with their incredible charm, charisma and sense of humor. They remain kittenish throughout their lives, and love to play and entertain you with their clownish antics.
These happy, bright little creatures are sure to bring love, joy and cheer into the lives of those who are lucky enough to own them. Somalis are medium to large cats with a well-proportioned, slender frame. The coat is from two to three inches long, but is easy to care for. It comes in beautiful shades of ruddy, red, blue and fawn.
The lovely face is accentuated by markings that rival anything that could be achieved by a makeup artist, and they have an almost fox-like appearance, thanks to a full, fluffy tail, breeches and ruff. If you are looking for a great all-round family cat that is as beautiful to behold as it is wonderful to hold, the Somali could just be the cat for you!
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