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Somali

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Somali

The Somali has a fox-like appearance which is created by its medium length coat, fluffy tail, ruff around the neck and large tufted ears. Their medium bodies are slender, long and muscular. Their arched backs make it appear that they are ready to leap into the air. The markings on the face create the look of a mask and smile. The eyes are large and almond shaped and the ears also large and slightly pointed. Eye colors are amber, hazel or green. The legs are long and thin and the tail is long, fluffy and tapers to a point. The Somali has a semi-long coat with a thick undercoat. Each strand of the coat has different bands of color, which is referred to as being "ticked". Recognized colors include ruddy, red, blue and fawn.

Temperament The Somali cat has a lively personality, showing interest in all activities around him. He is also a very "people oriented" cat. Somalis enjoy being with their humans and are very intelligent, affectionate and loyal. This breed is highly sensitive to their owner?s state of mind, happily keeping them company during good times, and sharing in their sorrow and sadness during bad times. This even-tempered and social breed makes it an ideal pet for children. They have a soft voice and appear to be afraid of the cold. Some in this breed can open cabinets and can even learn to turn on faucets.
Weight 9-16 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is generally a healthy breed. They should be checked for gum inflammation, which is a sign of gingivitis.
Living Conditions Keeping your cat indoors, neutering or spaying and providing acceptable surfaces (e.g. scratching posts) for the natural behavior of scratching are essential elements for maintaining a healthy, long and joyful life.
Exercise This breed needs and craves exercise and lots of activities. They need to be able to run outdoors, and require toys and a scratching post for indoors.
Life Expectancy About 12 years
Grooming The Somali only requires weekly brushing, but during shedding season, it should be brushed daily.
Origin In 1967, American Breeder, Evelyn Mague recognized the appeal of these long-haired Abyssinians and began a breeding program. She began with ?George,? the founding father of the Somalis. She named the breed after Somalia, which neighbored the country of Abyssinia. The Somali was recognized by the CFA in 1978 and by the FIFe in 1982.