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Somali

Somali Profile

Lifespan: 9-15 Years

Avg height: 20-25cms

Avg weight Female: 3.6-4.5 kg

Avg weight Male: 4.5-5.6 kg 

Coat type: Medium length, plush, soft coat. On each hair, there should be at least three bands of ticking giving six contrasting colour sections from base to tip. Their fine hair is dense but lies flat against the body.

Coat colours and body type: Mature adult Somali cats will have a ruff and full breeches. The Somali cat comes in red, ruddy, blue, fawn, and sorrel. Her eyes may be amber, hazel or green. They may also come in a short hair variety, lacking a ruff and fluffy breach. 

Grooming required: High - daily brush.

Similar Breeds: Abyssinian, LaPerm Longhair, Burmese.

Health Profile: Pyruvate kinase deficiency (PKD), progressive retinal atrophy.

 

Somali temperament

The Somali has been described as shyer and more independent than their Abyssinian relative. They enjoy human company. Their active disposition means they will enjoy outdoor access to exercise. The Somali is not well suited to children.