The ticked or agouti effect of the coat is the trademark of the breed. The coat is multicolored with each hair having several colors. There are dark color bands, light color bands, and the tip is dark making the coat look rich. This unique coloring makes him look like a wildcat.
The Abyssinian (aka The Aby) is a medium sized cat with striking almond eyes that are green, gold, hazel or copper.
The coat colors can be chocolate, blue, fawn, lilac, cinnamon, reddish or silver.
This cat has big courage, lots of curiosity and is high spirited. He won’t enjoy extensive handling but will participate closely in your life. They are known for their shenanigans and will surprise and make you laugh with their playful activity. And are easy to have around and enjoy other animals and people. They are well equipped to amuse themselves for hours and are highly intelligent and extroverted. It is said they have an attachment to their owners that is almost dog-like. Unlike other breeds that “tolerate” human company. Life will never be dull with this one around.
The Abyssinian is full of energy and gets its exercise just by playing. He does best in a home with someone that spends a lot of time at home.
High perches and cat trees should be available to them for exploring, jumping and climbing.
Typically very healthy Abyssinians need good dental care. They are susceptible to tooth decay and gingivitis. So be sure to give them good dental care. Since they are low shedders weekly brushing is enough. The coat is short and easily maintained. They can suffer from amyloidosis. This is an organ (renal) disease and is thought to be hereditary.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The origin of these cats is uncertain. But, there is evidence that the ancient Egyptians worshiped cats. Murals and sculptures that have been found, bear a close resemblance to the Abyssinian.
Genetic research shows that the Abyssinian may have originated from a breed found in Southeast Asia and on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Other suggest the Abyssinian looks like the African wildcat. The African wildcat is regarded to be the ancestor of all domestic cats. The belief is that the original Abyssinian line has died out, and credit is given to British breeders for recreating the breed. Their beginnings were wiped out by World War II and had to begin again.
The Abyssinian wasn’t much recognized in the US until the 1930’s. However it was shown in 1909.
Today the Abyssinian is a very popular breed – up among the top five.