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Somali

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Breed Information
Popularity (2014) #28
Name Somali
Other names Fox Cat, Long-Haired Abyssinian
Origin Somalia
Size Medium to Large
Coat LongDenseSilkySoft
Lap Cat No
Life span 12-16 years
Temperament MischievousTenaciousIntelligentAffectionateGentleInteractiveLoyal
Weight Male: 10 - 12 poundsFemale: 6 - 10 pounds
Colors RuddyRedBlueFawnChocolateSilverBlack
Kitten Price Average $400 - $600 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Affection Level 5 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood With Others: It is usually good with adults and children (6+) and can be affectionate towards them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Energy Level 5 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Regular grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. It stimulates circulation, massages the skin, and removes debris and loose hair. Frequency should be twice a week.
Health Issues 4 starsHealth Problems: Unfortunately, it is known to have a myriad count of illnesses and conditions. Owners with these cat breeds should prepare for some long-term medical costs or hedge their risks with pet insurance.Hypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 stars
Shedding 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this cat to shed moderately. By providing it proper nutrition, regular grooming, and keeping the shedding contained to a small area, like a pet bed, will minimize shedding and make it more manageable.
Social Needs 5 stars
Stranger Friendly 5 stars
Vocalization 1 starsLow Vocalization: It is known to be very quiet. Therefore, owners shouldn't be concerned of excessive and undesirable crying or meowing, especially at night.
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Kitten Names
Rank Male Female
01 Gizmo Sasha
02 Coco Molly
03 Lucky Alice
04 Diesel Boo
05 Sammy Daisy
06 Gavin Chloe
07 Momo Lexi
08 Angus Emma
09 Tommy Ginger
10 Loki Sophie
Overview

The Somali is a breathtaking cat that resembles a red fox, with its large tufted ears, masked face, large neck ruff and dramatically bushy tail. Also known as the Fox Cat or the Longhaired Abyssinian, the Somali is medium-sized and muscular, with well-balanced proportions and an overall sleek, athletic build. Its legs are long, slender and fine-boned, and when standing it appears to be on its tip-toes. The Somali’s head is wedge-shaped and slender when viewed head-on, with soft contours and a gentle curve when viewed in profile. It has a slight but distinct break, or stop, in the nose at the level of its exotic, almond-shaped eyes. Ideally, the Somali’s rich copper, amber, gold or green eyes are ringed with a dark outline, which itself is surrounded by a ring of lighter fur, giving it the appearance of wearing eyeliner. The breed’s prominent pricked ears are tufted at the tips and spaced widely apart atop the head.

The Somali is one of the most playful, extroverted and interactive of all domestic breeds. Although they usually are not quite as outgoing as their Abyssinian cousins, potential Somali owners should be prepared to create a very stimulating and ever-changing environment for their new companions. If kept exclusively indoors (which most are), the Somali should have access to lots of interesting toys and a variety of different scratching posts and climbing structures. Toys, posts and climbing structures should be changed or moved around regularly, to prevent boredom. Otherwise, the Somali undoubtedly will find other ways to entertain itself, which its owners may not appreciate. Somalis do not take well to being confined indoors unattended for prolonged periods of time. Along with a playful nature, the Somali thrives on affection and attention from its owner. They are highly interested in everything and everyone around them. These cats form close bonds with their human family, and when they do take a rest from playtime they greatly enjoy cuddling and lots of lap time. Somalis are not particularly well-suited to homes with many other companion animals, because they prefer that all the available attention be directed towards them. All in all, this is a charming, cheeky breed with a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed disposition, making them wonderful companions for cat lovers of all ages.

Children & Other Pets
The active and social Somali is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He’s smart enough to get out of the way of toddlers but loves school-age children because they are a match for his energy level and curiosity. Nothing scares him, certainly not dogs, and he will happily make friends with them if they don’t give him any trouble. Somalis have also been known to get along with large parrots, ferrets and other animals. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.
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