SOMALI Breed Advisory Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tortie Silver Somali

 

 

 

GCCF Breed Numbers and colours for Somali cats

Ticking is the "essence" of the Somali coat. There should be at least THREE bands of ticking on every hair. In this illustration of a "Usual" Somali hair you can see three bands of black ticking on the apricot base colour.


Ticking is slow to develop, particularly on the "dilute" colours but should be apparent, at least on the shoulders of all kittens.


Ear tips & tufts, facial markings, top and tip of the tail, toe tufts and heels are the same colour as the ticking.  Darker shading along the spine and top of tail is desirable. The chest, belly, under tail, inside of the legs and breeches are the colour of the unmarked base colour.

 

RECOGNITION OF SHORTHAIRED SOMALIS

Shorthaired Somalis were recognised by Council in February 2012. Since that date semi-longhaired Somalis are registered as 63L followed by their colour code (eg A semi-longhaired Sorrel Somali would be registered as 63La) and short-haired Somalis registered as 63S. For the revised breed numbers please refer to the charts below.

 

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Breed No. Colour Overall Impression Ticking Base Colour
63L
63S
Usual Rich golden brown Black Rich Apricot
63La
63Sa
Sorrel Rich coppery colour Cinnamon Rich Apricot

63Lb

63Sb
Chocolate Rich, warm chestnut brown Dark "plain" chocolate Rich Apricot

63Lc

63Sc
Blue Soft, warm blue Blue Warm mushroom
63Ld
63Sd
Lilac Warm dove grey Lilac Mushroom
63Le
63Se
Fawn Warm powdery fawn Fawn Pale mushroom
63Lf
63Sf
Red Warm, glowing red Bright Red Paler red
63Lg
63Sg
Cream Soft, warm, powdery cream Rich Cream Paler cream

 

TORTIE SOMALIS

Tortie Somalis come in all of the above colours with the addition of blotches/intermingling of red or cream determined by the sex linked gene. The addition of a lower case "t" to the breed number indicates it is a tortie (eg. A Semi-Longhaired Chocolate Tortie Somali is a 63Lbt). Colour distribution is random and immaterial although a solid foot is not permissible. Ticking, ears tips and tufts,  facial markings, top and tip of the tail, toe tufts and heels to be a mingling of the standard ticking colour and shades of red or cream determined by the sex-linked gene. Chest, belly, under tail, inside of legs and breeches to be a mingling of the standard base coat colour and shades of red or cream determined by the sex-linked gene. The presence or absence of a blaze is immaterial.

 

SILVER SOMALIS

The addition of a lower case "s" to the standard breed number indicates a Silver Somali. Tarnishing over a substantial portion of the designated silver area is a "withholding fault"

Breed No. Colour Overall Impression Ticking Base Colour

63Ls
63Ss

Usual Silver Clear silvery white ticked with black Black Silvery White
63Las
63Sas
Sorrel Silver Soft, silvery peach Cinnamon Silvery White
63Lbs
63Sbs
Chocolate Silver Cool silvery brown Dark "plain" chocolate Silvery White
63Lcs
63Scs
Blue Silver Glacial, silvery blue Blue Silvery White
63Lds
63Sds
Lilac Silver Frosty, silvery dove grey Lilac Silvery White
63Les
63Ses
Fawn Silver Cool, silvery fawn Fawn Silvery White
63Lfs
63Sfs
Red Silver Clear, silvery red  Red Silvery White
63Lgs
63Sgs
Cream Silver Powdery, silvery cream Rich Cream Silvery White

 

TORTIE SILVER SOMALIS

These will be as for the silver Somalis except that the silvery white base hair should have two distributions of ticking; the standard colour and that expressing the sex-linked gene. The distribution of these two colours is immaterial but a solid foot is not permissible. The addition of lower case "ts" after the standard breed number indicates a Tortie Silver Short-haired Somali (eg. 63Sts is a Usual Tortie Silver Shorthaired Somali).

 

VARIANTS
A "v" on a Somali pedigree indicates a Somali Variant. This is how shorthaired Somalis were referred to before recognition in February 2012 and so is how they will be found on pedigrees if shorthairs were registered before that date.