The Somali is a medium-sized cat with a long body and nicely developed muscles.
The Somali is moderate looking in all aspects with smooth planes on her head. She has a gentle dip in the triangular head. Her rather large ears sit tilted forward giving her an alert, aware look as if she is always paying attention to everything. The eyes, which look large on the face, show the alertness and intelligence inherent in the breed.
The coat on the Somali is full of exaggerated tufts of hair in the ears. The fur is soft without being woolly and the tail is fluffy like a fox’s tail. The coloring of the Somali is special. The majority of the fur has bands of color on each individual hair, with the coat looking darker along the spine line. The color of the body softens and lightens under the neck and the underside of the cat and the insides of the legs. She has a wild look about her but is not at all extreme except in the color of the fur, which carries bands of color giving her a richness and depth not seen in other breeds.
Character: the cats are curious but calm, affectionate but not clingy, and very smart. They can be shy at first, but they are playful and loving once they feel comfortable. While they are happy living with families and even other pets, They tend to form a deep connection with only one person.