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The Somali is a moderate-sized cat with soft, medium-length fur and a bushy tail which has sometimes earned the cat the nickname "fox cat". Since Abyssinians are the "parent breed" of the Somali breed. Abyssinians and Somalis share the same personality (active, intelligent, playful, curious) and appearance. The only difference between them is the fur length and therefore the amount of grooming required. Unlike most long-haired cats, Somalis shed very little excess hair. They are  infact what they class a Semi Long haired cat.
The Somali has an elegant, athletic build that is medium in size. The face retains the tabby markings of the 'M' on the forehead, however the rest of the cat should be free of tabby markings. The Somalis display pencil-strokes of darker colour drawn out from the corners of their eyes. As the darker colour also rims their eyes, Somalis may look as if they're wearing eye liner. The ears are large and pricked forwards and the expression is alert and curious. Eyes can be green or amber, the richer color the better.
Somalis have bright, bubbly, energetic and loving personalities. They are very intelligent and active cats, who demonstrate a real devotion to their owners. Somali cats are intensely affectionate to their people, and are usually extroverted and enjoy visitors . This cat will eagerly learn new tricks and loves the freedom of the outdoors. It has been said that the Somali is not an apartment cat. Somalis do very well as indoor-only cats, provided that they are given plenty of room to run and play. It must be said; in the outdoors, however, they are happy and resourceful.

The first Somalis were longhairs that appeared in litters of Abyssinian kittens. In the 1940s, a British breeder named Janet Robertson exported some normal Abyssinian kittens to Australia, New Zealand, and North America. Descendants of these cats occasionally produced kittens with long or fuzzy coats, and in 1963, Mary Mailing, a breeder from Canada, entered one into a local pet show. Ken McGill, the show's judge, asked for one to breed from.
An American Abyssinian breeder, Evelyn Mague, also received longhairs from her cats, which she named Somalis. As of the late 1970s, the Somali was fully accepted in North America, then later in the 1980s they were accepted in Europe. By 1991 the breed was accepted worldwide.There are now 28 colours of Somalis recognised from Usuals or Ruddy's as they are sometimes called to the dilutes and silvers as well as the unusual Reds and Creams
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