It is doubtful whether any Somali Cat has ever trodden on Somali soil. The name was given to the new breed simply because Somalia is close to Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and the Somali cat is close to the Abyssinian cat. It has been referred to as a "soft orange cloud" and a "striking red fox," or simply the "fox cat." Its appearance makes it wild looking.

This breed is described as extroverted, active, alert, aware, athletic, shrewd, lively, friendly, good-tempered, affectionate, playful, intelligent, demonstrative and gentle. Somalis require considerable freedom.

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