The Somali's late blooming beauty seemed to go unnoticed until about 1968, when a cat named George was surrendered to a cat shelter in New Jersey. The Somali is a breathtaking cat to behold. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a little fox, with its large ears, masked face, full ruff and bushy tail. Their body is medium long and graceful, with a medium-length soft and silky coat that requires little grooming. The coat is usually one to three inches long, with shorter fur across the shoulders. The tail is fluffy and full. Their feet have tufts between the toes. Their large, almond shaped eyes range in colours from intense green to rich copper. Somalis are intelligent cats, and while active, they have soft voices and are usually quiet. They communicate with human family members through soft mews and possess a charming trill. They are extroverts and very social.
The Birman cat is believed to have originated in Burma. The ideal Birman is a large, long stocky cat. It has long silky hair, not as thick as that of the Persian, and is of a texture that doesn’t mat. The color of the coat is light, preferably with a golden cast, as if misted with gold. Sweet natured and intelligent, the Birman cats enjoy the company of people and other pets. Their personality is marvellous - gentle, active, playful, but quiet and unobtrusive if you are busy with other things.
Burmese carry surprising weight for their size and have often been described as “bricks wrapped in silk.”. Their coats are very short, satin-like in texture, and generally require little grooming other than daily petting. Burmese have large, expressive eyes that are great pools of innocence and seductive appeal, irresistible in effect. They are good with children, will tolerate the family dog, and if introduced to it at an early age as something pleasant, most will enjoy traveling in a car. Burmese often convert the most anti-cat person into a Burmese enthusiast.
Medium to large in size, the Persian cats have massive round head set on short, thick neck, small round-tipped ears set far apart on head, short broad nose and large round eyes. Persians, with their long flowing coats and open pansy-like faces are the number one breeds in popularity. Their sweet, gentle, personalities blend into most households once they feel secure in their new environment. Well mannered and quiet, they love attention. Their quiet, melodious voices are pleasant and non-abrasive. Playful but never demanding, they love to pose and will drape themselves in a favorite window or chair, enhancing the decor in much the same way as a treasured painting. Persians are tremendously responsive and become a constant source of joy and delight to their owners. Pleasurable as an unexpected sunbeam, their companionship is close and enduring.
Abyssinians today still retain the jungle look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats. Recent studies by geneticists show that the most convincing origin of the Abyssinian breed is the coast of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia. As described in the Abyssinian Breeders International
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