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The Abyssinian cat is lean and elegant with just a touch of wild. Very active, bright and inquisitive, it desires feedback, interaction and even some training. It is an excellent family pet, but can be a bit of a pest for those who are looking for more of a cuddle buddy or a couch potato. The breed may have originated in Ethiopia, as the word "Abyssinian" refers to a region in there, but the development of this cat as a treasured companion occurred in Egypt many centuries ago, and representations of these sinewy and beautiful cats can be found on ancient ruins dating back to the time of the Pharaohs. On the more gruesome side, many cats of exactly this type were mummified and buried along with their owners in the tombs of Egypt, so that the departed might continue into the afterlife with their favorite companions.
Cool Cat Facts...
The Abyssinian Cat is one of the oldest cat breeds in
our history. Images of Abyssinians can be found on pottery and jewelry dating back thousands of years.
If King Tut had a cat, it was probably an Abyssinian!
The personality of the Abyssinian cat is bright, inquisitive and
friendly. They aren't usually lap-cats though, more like ride on your
shoulder cats - as long as you are going somewhere. These lean,
athletic, neatly turned out cats are very friendly, very smart and very
active. The Abyssinian is recognized by the Cat Fanciers
Association (CFA), the world's largest cat organization, and is one of
the most popular pure-bred or "pedigreed" domestic cat breeds. They are
pleasant, playful and refined and are believed to be one of the oldest
cat breeds in the world. Abyssinians come in a variety of
shades from lilac to chocolate brown but ruddy, sable and buff colors
are most common. The coat is ticked, meaning individual hairs are
banded with color. These are slender, medium-sized cats with short
coats that require little grooming, and have few breed-related health
issues. Because they are so active and really desire interaction
the Abyssinian is
a superb family cat that does well with considerate children and can
become very attached. This is an expressive and lovely breed.
Shape: The head of the
Abyssinian cat should be a mild wedge shape with no pronounced "stop".
The skull should be rounded and in general proportion to the body. The
muzzle is delicate but well formed. Not pointed or foxy in appearance.
Adult males sometimes have additional jowling. The ears are
large, alert and
moderately pointed, broad at the base and well cupped. The eyes are
shaped, large and expressive, with a slight upward slant. The eyes have
darker skin on the lids which gives a mascara look, and is highlighted
by the fact that the fur around the eye itself is lighter than the rest
of the face. There are dark, vertical "pencil marks" above the eyes.
Accepted eye colors are gold, green or hazel.
Body and Tail: Graceful, lean and of medium length. Muscular but never course. The cat should be solid to the feel with well-sprung ribs and a slightly arched back. There should be no pronounced tuck-up of the belly when viewed from the side. The legs are muscular and of medium length without coarseness. The feet are compact, well-knuckled and oval in shape. Five toes in front and four in back. The tail is relatively thick at the base, long in proportion and evenly tapered.
Coat: The fur is dense, fine and lustrous. Medium in length and close to the body but not slick. Ticked with at least four alternating light and dark bands of color on each strand of hair.
Color: Ticked pattern with shading in tones of ruddy, fawn, brown and blue. The tail may be tipped with black. No defined or outlined patterns, only shading.
Overall: The ideal Abyssinian is a medium sized cat with an exotic appearance. They should have an athletic, lean and lithe quality and be graceful and quiet in movement. The ticked coat with individual bands of color around each strand of hair gives a shimmering, almost iridescent appearance. This cat should be bright, active and friendly in personality.