GCCF Standard of Points for Somalis
When competing in shows, each breed recognised by the GCCF is judged against a 'standard of points' (SOP). The Somali is now available in both the original Longhair form, and the newer Shorthair form, which currently has Preliminary (Assessment) recognition. The general standard is the same for both forms, with differences only relating to the coats.
The SOP lays out what the judges should be looking for, and give them a framework on which to judge each exhibit against other exhibits of its breed. A basic points system also gives the judges some method of comparing two exhibits from different breeds.
The Somali SOP is available on the Somali BAC (Breed Advisory Committee) website: http://www.somalibac.co.uk/standards.html.