The Somali cat is often described as a long-haired Abyssinian. The first Somali cats appeared in the litters of Abyssinians as long-haired kittens. The Somali is a product of a recessive gene in Abyssinian cats, though how the gene was introduced into the Abyssinian gene pool is still a mystery. The first known long-haired Abyssinian, named 'Raby Chuffa of Selene', appeared in America in 1953. Breeders assume that the long-haired gene was passed down through his ancestry. The name "Somali" stems from the African nation, Somalia which borders Abyssinia, which is modern day Ethiopia.
12 - 15 years or more
Medium size cat weighing 3.5 to 5.5 kilo
Somali cats are an active cat who love to jump and play and are an easy cat to have in your home. Somali cats are very social, love company, love people and other animals. Being an active cat they will play with their toys for hours, but also enjoy a good period of time of interactive play with their parents. Somalis talk in a soft, quiet voice.