Somali Cat Breed: History, Temperament & Health Issues
The Somali At A Glance:

Place Of Origin: Canada and United States
Dates Of Origin: 1963
Average Weight Range:
8-12 lbs.
Temperament Of The Somali: Quiet But Extroverted.
Breed Colors Of The Somali:
A wide variety of ticked tabby and ticked silver tabby colors is acceptable.
One of the top 10 most friendly cat breeds.

Like its Abyssinian forebear, the Somali has a ticked coat: each hair on its body has three to 12 bands of color that produce a vibrant shimmer when the cat is in full coat.  The striking facial markings resemble eyeliner.  The Somali is a natural hunter that thrives on outdoor activities and will only accept confinement if introduced to it at an early age.

History Of The Somali:

In 1963, a Canadian breeder entered one of her longhaired Abyssinian cats in a local show.  The judge, Ken McGill, asked her for one to breed from, and the first official Somali was McGill's May-Ling Tutsuta.  Evelyn Mague, a US Aby breeder, was also developing longhairs, which she named Somalis.  By the late 1970's the breed was fully accepted in North America.  Somalis appeared in Europe in the 1980's.

Common Somali Health Issues:

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