The Somali is a semi-longhaired version of the Abyssinian, one of the most popular breeds of domesticated shorthair cat in the United States. Though they are one of the oldest known breeds, their exact origins are unknown. Genetic research suggests that Abyssians and Somalis originated near the coast of the Indian Ocean, and the breed was developed in Britain.
Somalis are extremely playful, extroverted, fun, willful and intelligent cats. They enjoy playing and are not typical lap cats. They are known for their curiosity and love of exploration, and are often called “preposition cats” thanks to the way they don’t leave any above, below, or at unexplored! As an intelligent and physically capable breed, they are known for their hunting ability and love of playing with toys. Somalis require a great deal of interaction to be happy and can become depressed if not given enough daily activity and affection. Though active and curious, they are also very loyal and affectionate pets. They make a wonderful companion for humans of all ages because they are happiest in the company of others and love to play. They can be happy in homes with other cats as long as they are given individual attention.
The Somali is a semi-longhaired cat with a distinctive ticked coat, where each strand of hair has several bands of alternating color. The head of the Somali is a modified wedge with rounded corners, and their faces have almond-shaped, expressive eyes in green, amber or gold. Their bodies are long, lithe, and their legs are in slender proportion to their body. They have long, fluffy but tapered tails resembling fox tails and small, oval paws. Male Somalis weigh 8-10 pounds, while their female counterparts weigh 6-7 pounds.
Somalis are bred in the following colors: ruddy, chocolate, cinnamon, blue, lilac and fawn. The ruddy color is the oldest and most popular of the accepted colors, while fawn is the newest.