The History

The Somali is a semi-longhaired version of the popular Abyssinian; They were often frowned upon and seen as a “faulty cat”. The semi- longhaired variety was not bred specifically until the early 1960s in America by an Abyssinian breeder.   In 2010, the Somali BAC (Breed Advisory Committee) wished to apply for recognition of Somali Shorthairs in their own right as it was wished to retain the slightly shorter wedge and more generously rounded muzzle preferred in Somalis as well as the very soft, fine coat found in the semi-longhaired version. 

The Appearance

At Vanregel’s Somalis, we specialise in breeding deep, rich brown Somalis. Our fur babies wear thick, fluffy coats, ticked to perfection with voluminous bushy tails and breeches. Their characteristic eyes show the typical Somali playfulness and their “smiling mouths” radiate compassion.