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Is the Abyssinian right for you?

The basics:
Loyal, affectionate, inquisitive and athletic, this ancient breed has become one of the most popular cat breeds in the U.S. and worldwide. While the exact origin of the Abyssinian is unknown, genetic testing suggests this breed probably originated near the coast of the Indian Ocean, and the Abyssinian bears a striking resemblance to the cats seen in ancient Egyptian artwork.

Though beautiful and exotic-looking, it is the gregarious and fun-loving nature of the breed that has made it a welcome addition to so many homes. With exceptional intelligence and a high energy level, the Abyssinian has been described as the Border Collie of the cat world. They are intensely curious and crave interaction with their owners and the environment around them. They’re also an athletic cat, graceful and agile, and very capable of exploring their surroundings from top to bottom! Though Abys tend to be quiet cats with soft voices, they are also known for their characteristic trill of greeting which is quite unlike the “meow” of other breeds.

Appearance / health:
The Abyssinian is a medium-sized cat, with males weighing around 8-10 pounds, and females 6-7 pounds. Though the Abyssinian has long, slender legs, small paws, and a fine bone structure, this is a strong and muscular cat. Its head is broad and moderately wedge-shaped, with almond-shaped eyes that can be gold, green, hazel, or copper, accentuated with a fine black line around them. Their relatively large ears are broad and alert, moderately pointed at the tip, and are occasionally tufted. A distinct M-shaped pattern can be seen in the fur on the forehead. The tail and paws may have tabby markings, but no stripes should be present on the body. The Abyssinian is a short-haired breed. The long-haired variant is known as a Somali.

The Abyssinian is known for its distinctive ticked coat. Each hair has a base color with three or four darker bands – the hair is a lighter color at the root, and the darker ‘ticking’ color at the tip. The coat is traditionally a warm golden color, but the breed also comes in blue, fawn, chocolate, cinnamon (sorrel), and red colors. One striking variation is the Silver Abyssinian, with a coat containing shades of white, cream, and grey.

The Abyssinian is a mostly healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12 -15 years. The breed may be prone to a knee condition known as “luxating patella”, and to gingivitis.

Behavior / temperament:
The Abyssinian is an intensely curious and playful cat with a high need for activity and attention. While someone looking for a calm lap-cat might be disappointed, Abyssinians are incredibly loyal and affectionate, and love to be involved in everything you do. An Abyssinian who is left alone for long periods of time may become bored and depressed. They are social with other animals, but may feel neglected if there is too much competition for their owner’s affection. The owner of an Abyssinian should be prepared for an athletic cat that loves heights, and loves to climb and explore.


exquisite beauty, Gorgeous Cats, social cat, soft churing noise, strong personality, intelligence


kidney complications, vocal breed, expensive taste


clean coat, mousy funerals, athletic looking cat, little objects jewelry, long muscular body

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From robobur May 24 2014 2:57PM


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