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Somali Breed Information
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Somali
Description  
 
Color  
 
The Somali Cat comes in a variety of colors and patterns. The Usual is gold-brown. apricot. ticked with black. The Sorrel is apricot ticked with cinnamon. The Fawn is mushroom ticked with fawn. The Chocolate is apricot ticked with dark brown. The Lilac is apricot ticked with lilac. The Blue is mushroom ticked with blue. The Somali Cat also comes in red. cream. and several versions of Silver colors and tortoiseshell colors.
History  
 
The Somali Cat is a variation of the Abyssinian cat. The Abyssinian is a shorthaired breed but its females sometimes produced a longer-haired cat. The Abyssinian was breed to be shorthaired so the longer-hair is a recessive gene. These semi-longhaired Abyssinians were considered to be inferior in the 1920s and 1930s and were just considered house cats. By the 1960s an American breeder discovered a semi-longhaired Abyssinian from her stud cat and was able to consistently breed for the semi-longhair and the Somali Cat breed was established. The Somali Cat is named after the country of Somali in Africa. The Somali Cat should only be breed within the breed or to the Abyssinian Cat.
Features  
 
The Somali Cats are considered to be a semi-longhair. This cat need lots of attention and does not like being confined indoors. The Somali Cats are smart. energetic. playful. and loving. The Somali Cats are slow to mature and only reach there full size at about 18 months old. These cats average about three to four kittens per litter. They are delightful and striking cats that are very alert. lively. and seem to have a smiling expression. The Somali Cats are somewhat fox-like in appearance.
Grooming  
 
The Somali Cats coat is easy to maintain if groomed regularly.
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