Kittens Available! Simply request Pet Breeders contact you promptly! Breeders will email or call you with specific breed information and available pets and prices. Request Somali Kitten InformationThis cat is sometimes referred to as a long-haired Abyssinian. They have a long, tick colored coat that covers its well-balanced body with a tail like a fox. Commonly available colors are blue, fawn, red (sorrel), and ruddy colors. This cat is very active and playful. Somalis are extroverted inquisitive, affectionate and people-oriented. Contact the cat breeders below for your next family friend.
Beautiful beyond description, the foxy Somali cat takes your breath way! Long, silky fur; big, bushy fox tail; gorgeous, full ruff; and richly colored coat combine with exotic facial features and impressively arresting intelligence to differentiate this cat as unquestionably one of the finest.
Recognized in four alluring colors, ruddy, red, blue, and fawn, the Somali represents the look of the wild. Frequently able to startle with sudden explosions of activity, flying through the air with the greatest of ease, this cat is the essence of vitality and grace. Almost uncharacteristically, this cat will unexpectedly switch gears to implore your attention and offer you affection, grateful for your participation in its desire to play.
Besides looking like a fox, this cat can act like a monkey, able to run sideways as well as sensitively grasp objects. Adept at opening doors and drawers, Somalis also will learn how to turn on the water, just one more thing which they find intriguing.
To say an intense curiosity defines this cat is an understatement at best. Engaging companions for people of all ages, they are happiest when others are around. While exceedingly social, they are not always content in large cat populations where they no longer singularly own your undivided devotion.
How did this wonderful breed come into being? The Somali is a longhaired Abyssinian, first originating as an “undesirable” product of a recessive gene in the Abyssinian cat. How this gene was introduced into the Abyssinian gene pool is a point of great contention.
The first Somalis were longhairs that appeared in litters of Abyssinian kittens during the 1940s. Descendants of these cats occasionally produced kittens with long or fuzzy coats as well.
An American Abyssinian breeder, Evelyn Mague, also had longhairs born in her litters, which she named “Somalis,” for the African country that borders Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia). Despite furious resistance from Abyssinian breeders, who feared the purity of their breed might be compromised, the Somali was fully accepted in North America in the 1970s, and in Europe a decade later. By 1991, the breed had become accepted worldwide.
With similar personalities and physical traits, Abyssinians and Somalis differ in very few respects. While both are intelligent, playful and curious, Somalis (as frantic as they are) are still considered more relaxed and easygoing than the more active Abyssinians. However, the length of fur in the Somali is a major difference between the two. Unlike most long-haired cats, Somalis shed very little excess hair. Their coat is generally shed en masse, or "blown," once or twice a year, rather than shed constantly like a Persian or other long-haired cat.
The Abyssinian is a short-haired cat whose coat radiates a sparkle of color produced by the Agouti ticking, where each shaft of hair has four to six bands of alternating tone. Similarly colored, the Somali is semi-long-haired, with a coat that is very soft with fine texture.
The ears are large and arched forward in alertness, ready for anything at all times. The jewel-like eyes are large and expressive, shaped like an almond in rich tones of gold, amber, or green – surrounded by a dark ring of color like a woman’s eyeliner.
These are medium-sized cats with long graceful legs and the poise of an accomplished athlete. Males weigh eight to ten pounds, females are slightly smaller. As if imitating a ballerina in stance, delicate toes are enhanced by long tufts of hair, as are the ears and the shanks. The Somali can be a very slow-maturing breed, often taking up to 18 months to reach its full maturity in color and ticking.
When Somalis seek attention, they may actually raise a paw and, very gently and sweetly, touch your face. They crave human contact and attention, but are respectful when letting their needs be known.
Well-mannered cats, they can be taught the meaning of the word “no,” and to respond to it appropriately. They are easy to train in many ways. They love to retrieve, and can be taught to walk on a harness very happily. They seem to have no fear of movement when riding in a car, and possess a great spirit of adventure.
They have a wonderful ability to amuse themselves and everyone around them and retain their kittenlike behavior throughout their entire lives. They are attracted to strangers and not shy about greeting everyone at the front door. They are very athletic and can jump and climb to very high places, sometimes even observed strolling along the highest of crossbeams, up near the ceiling!
While a Somali can adjust to being the single cat in a household with a working owner who is gone from home a lot, it will definitely be happier if it has a feline companion with whom it can play. Two or more cats will provide each other with far more exercise than a human can provide. Some individual cats bond very quickly with other cats and with dogs, while others take a little longer.
As time passes, more people have become aware of these beautiful cats, and have had their hearts won over by their unique personalities and stunning good looks. With an ability to take top prize in world-class beauty pageants, it won’t be long before the Somali joins the list of the world’s most popular cats where the Abyssinian now consistently holds a special spot.
Barron’s Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds