The Sokoke is a rare cat of African origin; it is also known as African Shorthair, although that name is not so common internationally. This breed stands out from the others for its unique appearance in a domestic cat, being elegant and graceful.
If you want an active and intelligent cat, the Sokoke it's the right cat. It is great for people who like to play and have the patience to train it, families with school children or other pets will also be good owners for this breed. The Sokoke is a self-sufficient cat, but who likes people and animals in general, forming strong bonds with the humans of the family and felines.
This breed probably lived for a long time in the forests of Kenya, in the Sokoke region, which gives this cat its name. In the 1970s, Jeni Slater, an English resident of Kenya adopted a cat and her young, thus giving rise to the breed as we know it. A friend of Slater's was responsible for taking the breed to Denmark, after a visit to her farm in Kenya, and later ended up importing other specimens of the breed, starting a breeding program for Sokoke cats in Europe.
Even with its wild appearance, which usually resembles wild cats like the cheetah or ocelot, and the fact that it comes from a forest, where it spent hours in trees and hunted small animals like insects, DNA proved that Sokoke is a domestic cat . Currently, this breed is recognized by some feline associations, such as TICA and FIFe, however the Sokoke cat it is considered a domestic cat still rare and difficult to find.
This cat is active, great swimmer and has a great ability to climb on furniture. With an affectionate and sweet temperament, he is a good companion and coexists well with other cats and dogs. He is independent, but likes to be close to people and other animals, forming strong bonds, and to talk for hours on end. Do not be surprised if this cat throws itself at your feet asking for affection or if it waits for the people it likes near the window, where they can observe everything. Sokoke adapts well to life in an apartment, but likes to have space, so a garden is welcome.
Smart, the cat of the Sokoke breed can learn tricks and even accept to walk on a leash. Being too agitated to sit on his lap, Sokoke is more of a cat that will follow the owner around the house and will always be ready and willing to help with what he is doing. His movements are agile, but always graceful. Sokoke puppies can be distracted alone for hours on end with the simplest things and adults, even older ones, can have moments of a lot of activity and play. In short, this breed is territorial, independent and athletic, always looking ready for action even at rest, on the other hand the Sokoke is a peaceful cat that enjoys company and attention, be it human or another feline.
It is a medium sized cat, slender, muscular and with solid bone structure, of consistency between fine and medium. The musculature of Sokoke is very evident in the shoulders and neck. The head looks small when compared to its body, with a cuneiform shape, almost flat at the top, the nose is of medium length and the area of insertion of the whiskers is quite evident. The ears are medium, wide at the base and with slightly rounded tips, set slightly apart from each other, tufts at the tips are desirable, but are not mandatory. Sokoke's eyes are large, slightly almond-shaped with a color ranging from amber to light green, they are bright and expressive.
The fore legs are shorter than the hind legs, they are long legs and as the body of the Sokoke they are slender and muscular. The tail length of the Sokoke breed it is between medium and long, being thick at the base, tapering to the tip. The hair is short and shiny, without being silky to the touch, the undercoat is little or absent. Its pattern is a modified classic piebald, making it unique for the Sokoke breed. The recognized colors for the breed's coat is the brown or black marbled tabby, usually on a more or less dark base. The tip of its tail is always black.
The Sokoke is a simple maintenance cat, requiring only a weekly brushing of its fur to maintain its appearance and remove dead hair. His coat hardly changes, but he likes to be brushed a lot, I understand the act as a treat.
THE Sokoke cat it is generally healthy, without any disease related to its race.