Somali Cat Characteristics

It is a medium cat with a foreign type of constitution but no excessively marked. It has a graceful and elegant figure, but not muscular. The loin must be somewhat arched. The legs are thin and long, with little oval feet covered with hair. The tail is thick at the base and somewhat pointed at the tip, and very dense.

The head is of a triangular shape and somewhat rounded, without any straight lines; the features are curved and gentle.

It presents a slight elevation between the bridge of the nose and the forehead. The ears are well separated and are situated at the back part of the head. They are big, wide at the base and pointed, they have abundant hair locks that are similar to that of the lynx, and they are erect.

The eyes are hazel like big, shiny and expressive. On top of each eye you can observe a short and vertical line, as a line made with a pencil that goes from the upper eyelid towards the ear. This is the last trace of the tabby pattern. 

It is required for all the cloak colors for the eyes to be of a golden or green color.

The cloak is smooth, silky and of a fine texture, It must be as dense as possible and of medium length, except for over the shoulders, where it can be somewhat shorter.

It must present abundant collar and breeches.

In the Somalian denominated as hare color, the tone is of an orange brown tone and all the hairs are dotted in black: the darkest color is observed on the outer extreme. You can also observe a darker tone along the spine and the tail that finishes in a black end.

The belly, the internal sides of the legs and the chest must present a uniformed hare color without any dotting. In the ears you can observe a black or dark brown dotting.

The hair that covers its toes must be black or dark brown, and the black stains that are observed between the toes must prolong up through the back of the hind legs. The soles of the feet are black or brown and the truffle of a reddish tone.

In the reddish variety, the body is of a warm and shiny red tone, as intense as it possibly can be, and the dotting, of a chocolate color. The belly, internal sides of the legs and the chest are of reddish brown color without any dotting.

The hair that covers the feet is chocolate and the soles and truffle are pink.

In the blue variety, the body is of warm and light bluish gray tone, with the dotting in a blue slate tone and the under fur of an ivory color.

Finally, in the beige variety, the color of the body is of warm pink beige combined with a light brown dotting.

There also exist varieties in silver of the four colors described: hare, reddish, blue and beige.

You must only be owner of a Somalian if you can let him go out to the exterior during the summer and if you have a warm place for him to be in winter, this race suffers very much in cold climates.

At first he is cautious animal but as soon as he feels at home he turns affective.

Its hair doesn’t compress and it’s only necessary to brush him once in a while.

Three or four whelps form a typical litter. When born, the whelps have a dark cloak and the dotting doesn’t appear until its maturity, at the eighteenth month.

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