HEAD = 30 points
Profile = 5
Muzzle = 5
Shape of en_head = 5
Ears = 5
Shape of eyes = 5
Neck = 5
BODY = 35 points
Torso = 10
Legs = 10
Structure = 5
COAT AND TEXTURE = 10 points
COLOR AND PATTERN = 25 points
Color = 10
Ticking = 10
Eyes color = 5
Divisions: Tabby, Tortie (tortoiseshell) and Silver
Colors: Ruddy (usual), blue, cinnamon, fawn, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, tortie with every color as a background and every silver, tabby patterns only, thus 28 colors.
The Somali is a long-haired type of Abyssians, a polished and slim cat with a middle sized body. Males are proportionally bigger than females. Well muscular, the Somali is elegant, light and agile, but because of the length of its hair it can look slightly heavier than what it really is. Its flecked coat is one quality that reflects towards the light a smooth appearance.
Head: triangular shaped, its head from any way you look at it shows round contours with not even one straight line. Its profile is one soft curve after the other: its skull is slightly round, curved foreen_head, with a slight concave curve between its foreen_head and its nose, without separation. Its nose shouldn’t be so long. The size and length of the en_head should be proportional to the rest of the body. The Somali carries its en_head elegantly!
Muzzle: seen from the side and front the muzzle shows sllightly rounded curves. Not too pointy. Its chin is firm and full, not too prominent nor deep-set. The carré is allowed in male adults.
Eyes: Big, its eyes are bright and expressive. Almond shaped, its opening is neither oriental nor rounded. The accepted colors go from yellow to light brown, going through greens and every blend of it with the only condition that they need to be even. Its eyes are delineated with traces of make-up (Cleopatra look) of the same color of the coat’s background, and the outlines of the eyes in a lighter color. Above each eye, a short vertical line, like a pencil traces cutting that lighter zone.
Ears: big, in an alert mode and slightly pointy. Its ears are cut shaped and with a tick base. Its ear tips are standing, positioned as if the cat was always listening carefully, the hairs on the ears are short and layed. Inside the ears it’s very bushy. The thumbprints on the ear tips are typical in agouti cats and preferred on the outside part of the ear. This is more visible in dark colored cats then in lighter ones.
Neck: very long and graceful, slightly arched.
Body: the body is moderately long, light and nice with developed muscles. It’s firm and elegant, never stiff. Its thoracic cavity is slightly rounded; the sides of it shouldn’t be flat. Due to its fur, the Somali seems heavier than the Abyssian.
Legs: proportionally slim according to its body. The legs are long, muscular and straight. Its structure can be a little sturdier than the Abyssian.
Paws: very small, oval shaped and compact. When standing up the Somali gives the impression of being standing on its tip toes.
Tail: Its base is thick, relatively long, everything in accordance with the proportion of the body. It’s completely soft and bushy.
Coat and texture: médium length, the coat is soft and elastic to touch, quality we call “elasticity”, bright and thin texture. Its hair is layed against its body, shorter on the back and spine, and it stretches through the sides. Its necklace and pants are pretty bushy. Without being shaggy, its subhair is an important part of the Somali coat’s characteristics, it’s silky and elastic.
Color and ticking: The coat’s color is an essential characteristic in the Somali. It shouldn’t be, in any case, dull, on the contrary it should be as intense as possible. The coat of the Somali is an attribute of radiant quality that reinforces its warm color. The pattern of the coat is genetically agouti ticked (alternating color), every hair presents a variety of light and dark colored bands, except the ones on the chest, tummy, neck and the interior part of its legs. The pigmentation on these parts must be uniform. The Somali is a tabby cat; their legs, chin and their throat path (neck) have a much lighter color, more ivory than white, it’s never pure white. One darker band stands out on their spine and tail; this intensifys the wild look of the Somali. You can also notice that the hair on their soles is much darker than the ones on the superior part of their paws.