Somalis are extroverted, lively, alert cats that love to play, love attention, and thrive on human companionship. They are very curious, captivating, and expressive, with alluring personalities. Somalis are intelligent, learn quickly, remember remarkably well, and show a playful sense of humor. They are natural show-offs and born clowns. Somalis have a naturally happy disposition, desire the company of humans, and demand to be treated as one of the family.
The Somali is a well-proportioned, medium to large cat with firm muscular development, lithe body, showing an alert, lively interest in all surroundings. Somali coats are generally two to three inches in length, non-matting, and easy to care for. They have a remarkable “fox-like” appearance due to their markings, bushy tail, full breeches, and ruff. The Somali is available in ruddy, red, blue, and fawn.
The Ruddy Somali has an overall impression of an orange-brown or ruddy coat ticked with black, with darker shading along the spine allowed. The underside of the body and inside of the legs and chest is to be an even ruddy tone, harmonizing with the topcoat, without ticking, barring, necklaces, or belly marks.(GRC Tadofa Symbari Chioke)
The Red Somali is a warm, glowing red ticked with chocolate brown. Darker shading is allowed along the spine. Again, the underside of the body is an even color, harmonizing with the topcoat (GRP Tadofa’s Foxfire)
The Blue Somali’s coat is ticked with various shades of slate blue, the extreme outer tip to be the darkest, with an ivory to blush-beige undercoat. The underside of the body is a peach-apricot color that harmonizes with the topcoat. (GRC Tadofa Winds-of-Heaven)
The Fawn Somali has a warm rose-beige coat, ticked with light cocoa brown, the extreme outer tip to be the darkest, with a blush-beige undercoat. The underside of the body is a lighter cream which harmonizes with the topcoat.(At right, GRP, RW Fifala’s Phantoms Afoot of Tadofa)