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Life expectancy

The Somali has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years


Adult size

Female Between 12 and 14 in
Male Between 12 and 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 9 lb
Male Between 9 and 11 lb
Coat colour
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Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Somali costs approximately 400£

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More details about the Somali

Somali: Origins and history

Two theories are possible as to the origin of this breed. It could be a genetic mutation, where long-haired kittens were born spontaneously in standard Abyssinian litters. The other theory is that after the Second World War, when there were only a dozen Abyssinians left in England, breeders allowed illegal cross-breedings. A long-haired breed, such as the Persian (which did not have a flat nose at this time), could be responsible for the appearance of the longhair gene in long-haired Abyssinians. The long-haired offspring were initially removed from the farms, but since the gene is recessive, it could have resurfaced only several years later. Still, in the 1950s, in the United States, breeders paid attention to these little "erroneous Abyssinians", valued them and created a new breed. They were called the Somalis in honour of the country of the same name, which neighbours Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia. They are now a very popular breed around the globe.

Somali: Purchase price

On average, the price of a Somali is approximately £400, depending on lineage, age, provenance, gender, etc. It will cost £30/month on average to provide for their needs, to offer a quality diet and ensure good health.

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