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Sokoke - Breed Profile:

Origin: Kenya
Colors: Blotched tabby in shades of brown
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Very little
Talkativeness: High
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile

Physical characteristics

The Sokoke is a medium size leggy cat with a lithe muscular body and naturally graceful appearance. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front ones. The head looks relatively small. The chin is well-defined and strong. The ears are medium to large, they're always alert and listening. The almond shaped eyes are slightly slanted. Their colour varies from shades of amber to light green, outlined with darker colour matching the coat colour. The tail is long, thin, and whippy.


Along with its wild look, the Sokoke retained the independent temperament of a wild cat. Intelligent and self-confident, they are never too clingy or overly demanding. They are, however, affectionate and loving, and they form strong bonds with their humans. In spite of their wild look, they are not aggressive, and will only mark their displeasure with claws. They seem to know everything about your mood. If you're upset, they will try to make you feel better with a friendly chit-chat. The Sokoke is very talkative and eloquent, so you're always likely to hear about their kitty problems. They're also quite active and love to play interactive dog-like games such as fetching. Probably,they are pleased to realize they have easily trained you to throw a toy over and over again. The Sokoke isn't a lap cat, and the decision where to sleep and when to be petted is usually of their own.

Coat and grooming

The coat of the Sokoke is extremely short and elastic, shiny and close-lying. The undercoat is very little or absent. Very little grooming is necessary, if any at all. But remember that brushing improves the cat's mental health so do not completely deprive your companion of this pleasure. Shedding is extremely little in this breed.
The Sokoke comes in the African tabby-pattern that resembles a blotched tabby. The ground colour varies from warm light brown to very dark chestnut brown (almost black). Unlike many other breeds, the Sokoke has no white hair at all.


The Sokoke is a naturally healthy and robust breed. Good food, fresh water, regular vet-check ups, regular vaccinations and,of course, plenty of love is all they need to thrive.

Other interesting facts

Sokoke cats mature very slowly, they only reach sexual maturity at the age of 1,5-2 years.