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Our collection of Somali cat images features champions and best of breed. Whether you are a specialist looking for stock images of breed examples, a designer looking for a striking picture, or you're simply a Somali cat fan, we're confident we'll have the image you're looking for.

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Somali cat overview

Semi-longhair version of an Abyssinian.
Usual and Sorrel have Championship status.
Other colours have Championship status from June 1998.
Lively, somewhat independent, and with a quiet voice.
Needs regular grooming, but less prone to knotting than
a Persian.

Other known names for Somali

Fox cat, Longhaired Abyssinian

Somali foreign names

Langharige Abessijn (Dutch), Abyssin a Poil Long (French), Somalikatze (German)



Breed number/code

No 63 (GCCF) / SOM (FIFe)

Biological data

Foreign-type; lithe and muscular.
Hair quality
Medium long, soft and fine, lying fairly close to the body.
Usual (black) (63) 
Sorrel (cinnamon) (63a)
Blue (63c)
Chocolate (63b)
Lilac (63d)
Fawn (63e)
Red (63f)
Cream (63g)
Eye colours
Amber, hazel or green.
Ticked tabby. The ticking is an essential feature of the breed.

Somali links we are happy to endorse

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Somali – Breed standard

The below links are external

Somali references and further reading

Somali Breed Council

Somali Cat Club of Great Britain

Please get in touch

If you are an animal photographer, an expert on Somali cats or a breeder, we would love to hear from you. We strive to have all the latest, most helpful and accurate information on our website, but nobody is perfect, so we do ask for your feedback if we can improve our website.

Please get in touch 
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Breeders – We work with many great cat photographers such as Helmi Flick, Alan Robinson and Tetsu Yamazaki and we'd love to build our contact list of leading breeders. Who knows when you might get a call. Please email us your details.

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Somali photo by Alan Robinson Animal Photography
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Photo © Animal Photography, Alan Robinson