SOMALI Breed Advisory Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Red Silver Somali

 

 

 

GCCF Standard of Points

General Type Standard


The Somali should be a beautifully balanced cat of medium build and foreign type; the head to be broad and curving to a firm wedge set on an elegant neck; the body to be firm, lithe and muscular of medium length, tail fairly long and gently tapering. The head, body, legs, feet and tail should be in proportion, giving a well-balanced appearance with no exaggerated features. The expression should be alert and smiling. The cat should be in excellent physical condition with good weight for its size.


Head - A moderate wedge with brow, cheek and profile lines showing gentle rounded contours. There should be a slight nose from the bridge of the nose to the forehead which should be high with good width between the ears. From the front, a shallow indentation should form the muzzle. In profile, a slight nose break is essential, a firm chin and an elegant neck.


Ears - Set wide apart but not low, broad at the base, proportionately large, pricked, well-cupped and tufted. Inner edge wellfurnished with long hair.


Eyes - Large, almond-shaped, set obliquely and well apart, expressive and bright. Accentuated by a dark surround encircled by lighter coloured 'spectacles'. Short dark 'pencil' lines at either edge of the eye, the inner one vertical, the outer one pointing towards the ear. Colour: amber, hazel or green; the richer and deeper the better.


Body - Firm, lithe and muscular of medium size, foreign type with a level back.


Legs and Feet - Long legs. Feet oval with tufts between the toes on the 63L.

 

Tail -
63L - Long, well furnished, broad at the base and tapering slightly with a full brush. Length to balance with the body.

63S -Long, thick at the base and tapering slightly to a rounded tip. Length to balance with the body.


Coat -
63L - Soft and fine, dense but lying flat along the spine. Semi- long, except over the shoulders where a shorter length is permitted. All other points being equal, preference should be given to the cat with a ruff and full breeches. Ruff and breeches may not be apparent in kittens.
63S - A medium length coat that is smooth, fine and dense but close lying. The coat will be of fairly uniform length with no ruff, toe tufts or brush. A coarse or overly resilient coat in the shorthaired Somali is to be considered a serious fault.


Colour and Pattern -
Ticking is the essence of the Somali coat. On the 63L there should be at least three bands on every hair, i.e. six contrasting colour sections from base hair to tip. On the 63S there should be at least two bands on every hair i.e. four contrasting colour sections from base hair to tip. On both coat lengths the roots should be the colour of the base hair and the final band must be the ticking colour.
Ticking is slow to develop but should be apparent at least on the shoulders of all kittens.

Ear tips and tufts, facial markings, top and tip of tail, toe tufts and heels are the same colour as the ticking. Darker shading along the spine and top of tail is desirable.

Chest, belly, under tail, inside of legs and breeches are the colour of the unmarked base hair.

Depth of colour in sex-linked colours may not be achieved in kittens or young cats as this develops with maturity.

 

Withhold all Awards for:
1. White locket or white patches anywhere except around the chin, lips and nostrils
2. Absence of ticking in adults
3. Unbroken necklace.

 

Withhold Certificates or FIrst Prizes In Kitten Open Classes for:
1. Cobby or Oriental type
2. Pinched or fine muzzle
3. Straight profile or stop
4. Absence of facial markings
5. Incorrectly coloured heels. (Heel colour in silvers may not extend to the hock)
6. Severe barring on legs, body or tail
7. A coarse or overly resilient coat in shorthaired Somalis
8. Any defects as listed in the Preface to this SOP booklet.

 

Scale of Points - 63L:

Head ..................................................... 15
Ears ...................................................... 10
Eyes ..................................................... 10
Body .................................................... 10
Legs and Feet ....................................... 5
Tail ...................................................... 5
Coat - Colour ...................................... 15
         - Ticking ..................................... 15
         - Texture .................................... 5
         - Length ..................................... 10
Total 100

 

Scale of Points - 63S:

Head ..................................................... 15
Ears ...................................................... 10
Eyes ..................................................... 10
Body .................................................... 10
Legs and Feet ...................................... 5
Tail ...................................................... 5
Coat - Colour ...................................... 15
         - Ticking ..................................... 15
         - Texture .................................... 10
         - Length ..................................... 5
Total 100