The Somali is a lean, wild-looking cat, closely related to the Abyssinian. Built on athletic lines, they are lithe and long with a muscular build, moderate wedge-shaped head and large almond shaped eyes. Paws are neat ovals, with some tufting between the toes, and the tail is long with a generous plume of fur. The Somali is a semi-long-haired cat, with fur lying shorter and closer on the body, and longer around the neck, legs and tail. The Somali fur is agouti, i.e., each hair has several bands of colour. This gives the cat a shaded appearance, paler underneath and darker on top.
Eyes are gold, amber or green and the pigment around the eyes should be dark, giving the impression of eyeliner, surrounded by a much lighter cream or almost white, giving the cat a very striking, appealing look.