Some say that she is maybe the most beautiful cat in the world: the SOMALI.
The relative of the Abyssinian cat has a semi long hair coat with each individual hair striped across. The so-called "ticking" causes deep shades of color and gives the Somali a particularly graceful appearance.
There are still only few breeders of this rare breed, although the Somali combines the best qualities of the most popular pets: It is a relaxed and elegant cat, but as trusting and affectionate as a dog.
The Somali loves to be carried and petted and is not upset by anything.
Animal reporter Pia spends the day with Francesco, who has been sharing his apartment with the lovely velvet paws for over twelve years. He looks forward to telling Pia all about this extraordinary breed of cats. (Text: ARD)
Picture: Tajura Alónià, lilacsilver
In WorldwideWeb once was written:
"If you want to have silvers in your litter, you need a homozygous silver parent"! The safest way!
The roots and origin of the Silver Somalis start as so often in England, in 1968.
The English catteries Firefly & Algol form the foundation for the breeding-program of the Silver Abyssinian & Somalis. To get a new color in an existing breed, you need a crossbreeding of another established breed. This must first be approved by the relevant organization. The english breeder crossed in here the British Shorthair silver tipped, also called Chinchilla! The silver gen is dominant.
Almost at the same time, at the beginning of the 1970s, the Norwegian cattery Arkens started also for the silver breeding-program of the Abyssinians and Somalis. These included the Persians Chinchilla Silver Shaded. In this case not only the dominant silver gen was passed on, but also the longhair gene. A smart move.
To consolidate or improve the breed, 4-5 generations are needed. Only then you can talk of a homozygous Abyssinian or Somali. Well thought out, this RIEX incrossing naturally brings the benefit of an expanded gene pool.
Interesting Link about "LILAC & CHOCOLATE" in the Somali breed:
The Somali ....
the Somali, like a herbed rare beauty, seems to be in the middle of the steppe!
DeiAmorFelini, a hobby Somali cattery, with official course with exames of expertise according to Animal Protection Act §11.
Officially trained in:
• The cat from a veterinary point of view
• The feeding of the cat
• Sex characteristics, reproduction, male rearing
• castration and sterilization
• Assessment of health status and first aid
• Behavior and attitude
• Animal welfare provisions
• Transport of pet animals in the EU and third countries
This qualification certificate for cats may ONLY be issued by official veterinarians of the appropriate veterinary offices or accredited academies in co-operation with veterinary official veterinarians. It applies here in Germany a nationwide law!
German cat clubs (they are not state authorities); as well as online portals (eg Pawpeds) can NOT provide this proof of competence in Germany, and are also NOT recognized by the national veterinary offices.
An article about our breed written by German press!!!
Ehinger züchtet Rassetiere: Leben mit Somali-Katzen
"Somali ist für mich die perfekte Katze", sagt der Ehinger Francesco Ventimiglia. Seit fünf Jahren züchtet er diese Rassekatzen, neun leben mit ihm in der Wohnung. Sie machen auch bei Wettbewerben mit....