Abyssinian and Somali
Abyssinian cats have ancient, though uncertain origin. Abyssinians are so called because the first cat shown at a feline exposition in Great Britain (when the breed was officially recognized in 1882) came from Abissinia, even if recent genetic studies demonstrate that they are native to the Indian Ocean Coast or to South East Asia.
A Somali cat is an Abyssinian with a long coat. In the 20 th century, due to two world wars, the number of Abyssinian reduced considerably and, in order to preserve them, long coated cats where used for matings. The long coat gene wasn’t seen over many generations, so that, at the beginning, the long coat kittens weren’t registered. Only later was it decided to recognize Somalis as being distinct from Abyssinians. Only at the end of 1970 were Somalis officially recognized and they were so called as an analogy of the two neighbouring of two African States.
Somali and Abyssinian have the same character. They are very agile cats, active and lively, able to take a leap just where you wouldn't think….
Being cats they are very curious and intelligent, they love to look at everything that is around them, and to actively take part in the family life. They are clever plunderers, even if they are very kind, always ready to purr. They are very sociable and do not love to remain alone for a prolonged time. They live easily together with other cats or dogs.