Abyssinian cat is lean and elegant with just a touch of
Very active, bright and
curious, it desires
and even some training.
Because they are always interested in what is going on and particularly
in what You
breed may have
originated in Ethiopia, as the
"Abyssinian" refers to a region in that country, but the
of this cat into a treasured house pet 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 - Yikes!
small to medium size 8-11 pound very active cat who is medium talkative has a short coat with some average shedding (no extra care required) comes in solid "ticked" colors (red, blue, chocolate, tan and brown) and is recommended for children, busy families and dogs too
personality of the Abyssinian cat is bright, bold and
aren't usually lap-cats though, more like ride on
shoulder cats - as long as you are going
athletic, neatly turned out cats are very active, very friendly
and very smart.
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.
pleasant, playful and refined and are believed to be one of the oldest
cat breeds in the world.
Because mummified cats of exactly this type have been found
inside the great pyramids!
Abyssinians come in a variety of
shades from lilac to chocolate brown but ruddy, sable and
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
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 to all members of the family. This is an expressive, dynamic and very lovely breed. -Abyssinian Cat Facts
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.