A Somali cat is an Abyssinian with a long coat. In the 20th 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.