Sokoke (African cat): description of the breed, characteristics, photos, rules of care and maintenance – Petstory


  • Country of origin: Denmark, Kenya
  • wool type
  • Growth:
    up to 30 cm
  • The weight:
    3-5 kg
  • Age:
    9-15 years old
  • Brief information

  • Independent, intelligent, active and very sociable cats;
  • Sokoke is the name of the reserve in Kenya, where representatives of this breed were first found;
  • Other breed names are Soukok, African Shorthair, Kenyan Forest.
  • Character

    The Sokoke is an exotic breed of cat with both wild and domestic cat blood in its pedigree. Her ancestors are considered to be kittens found by Englishwoman Janie Slater in Kenya. The woman liked them so much that after a while, together with her Danish friend Gloria Moldrap, she decided to start breeding this unusual breed. Sokoke was officially registered with the FIFe in 1993.

    A cat of this breed resembles a miniature cheetah: big ears, tabby color and restless character everything speaks of wild relatives. By the way, it is interesting that absolutely all Sokoke, regardless of the intensity of the color, have a necklace around their neck, this is their hallmark. Moreover, it can be both closed and intermittent.

    African shorthair cats are known for their activity, curiosity and indefatigable energy, they cannot sit still, and therefore all kinds of games, teasing, multi-tiered houses will give them pleasure.

    Sokoke are quite independent, but they cannot live without their beloved owner, they become attached to him very quickly and for life. Therefore, a cat of this breed is unlikely to suit people who spend a lot of time at work or on trips.

    Sokoke are very sociable, and meeting strangers does not scare them, as well as meeting animals, including dogs. These cats quickly find a common language with relatives.

    With children, sokoke are ready to play all day. Who, if not a child, will be able to support the cat in fun races and hide and seek?


    Sokoke are short-haired cats, so they do not require daily thorough care. During the molting period, in spring and autumn, it is enough to comb the pet with a brush to remove the fallen hairs.

    It is also recommended to check and brush your pet’s teeth weekly. It is better to accustom a kitten to these procedures from the first months of life, so that they become a habit.

    Conditions of detention

    Sokoke owe their origin to African wild cats, which is why representatives of the breed do not tolerate cold well. In winter, it is desirable to insulate the pet’s house and provide a comfortable temperature for it.

    Cats of this breed love space, need the opportunity to splash out energy and love all kinds of multi-tiered houses. Some breeders equip entire complexes for the entertainment of pets.

    In summer, sokoke can live in a private house. They will be happy if the owner provides them with permanent access to the street. But we must not forget that the cold season does not suit this cat, so they should winter in warmth.

    When selecting food for representatives of the African Shorthair, contact your veterinarian or breeder. The specialist will be able to recommend high-quality food that is right for your pet.

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