The Sokoke cat, or the Khadzonzo, is a rare cat breed hailing from Kenya. The word "Khadzonzs" translates into “looks like tree bark,” referencing the distinctive coloring and pattern that the Sokoke cat has become renowned for.
The Sokoke was discovered in the Arabuko-Sokoke forest in Kenya in 1978. Fearing that the breed had little chance to thrive in Kenya's environment, its founder, Jeni Slater, imported the cats to her home in Denmark, where they were first shown in 1984. The breed gained popularity over the years, and the first litter of Sokoke cats was eventually brought to the United States in 1999.
In terms of physical attributers, this cat breed is long-legged and medium bodied. Their bodies are marked by the distinct blotched tabby coats that have gained them recognition.
In terms of personality, the Sokoke is affectionate and they tend to be extremely loyal to one person in particular. They have a peaceful and docile nature about them that makes it easy for them to get along with their family and fellow companion animals. It should also be noted that the Sokoke is an active cat that loves play. Because of this, the breed can be left alone for stretches of time, as it will find ways to entertain itself.
It's loving nature makes the Sokoke the ideal breed for families with kids or other pets, since Sokoke cats tend to get along with anyone, animal or human.