Somali Cat Guide

Somali cat

Sometimes referred to as an Abyssinian cat in an overcoat and a ‘little lion’ due to the charming ruff around their necks, the Somali is a breed like no other. Somali cats love nothing more than being by their owner’s side for a cuddle or warm lap to sit on. Facts Temperament: Affectionate, laid back… Read more »

Sometimes referred to as an Abyssinian cat in an overcoat and a ‘little lion’ due to the charming ruff around their necks, the Somali is a breed like no other. Somali cats love nothing more than being by their owner’s side for a cuddle or warm lap to sit on.

Facts

  • Temperament: Affectionate, laid back and loyal 
  • Social/Attention Needs: moderate
  • Average Life Span: 10 – 15 years
  • Coat length: Long
  • Grooming required: Daily

The Look

A medium sized breed with a long, fine coat that is very soft to the touch which requires frequent grooming. The most popular colouring for a Somali cat is a apricot and black coat with black ear tips and tuft, however they also come in blue, silver, chocolate and red.

 

History

Most sources agree that the first official Somali was born in the early 1960s in America by Abyssinian breeders Evelyn Mague and Charlotte Lohymeyer. One of their kittens George, was a longhair, who Charlotte gave away. A year later Evelyn found him again by chance as a fully-grown longhaired Abyssinian. When Charlotte retired, Evelyn acquired both of George’s parents and was determined to produce more longhaired Abyssinians, which eventually started coming through, and they were given the name Somali.

Health

All have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic. Problems that may affect the Somali include the following:

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Fun Fact

The Somali has been given the nickname “fox cat” because of his bushy tail.