The Abyssinian is one of the oldest breeds and its exact origin is uncertain. The original theory was that the breed originated in Ethiopia, then called Abyssinia. Others trace it to the banks of the Nile in Egypt, where cats resembling it have been depicted in paintings and sculptures. Another theory takes it out of Africa altogether and suggests Asia for its continent of origin due to the ticked colouring, a feature associated with South Asia. There is a record of an Abyssinian being brought to Great Britain from Ethopia in the second half of the nineteenth century, however, records cannot confirm that today's Abyssinians are the descendants of this cat.
9-15 years
4-7.5kg (9-17lbs)
Short, thick and dense and ticked (with two or three bands of colour on each hair, similar to a rabbit).
The Abyssinian is lithe and muscular with a regal appearance.
This breed is active and playful; they are curious cats and a good hunters that needs room to roam. They are also affectionate and dislike solitude.
They can be ticked tabby: ruddy, blue, chocolate, fawn, red, cream or silver versions of these colours.
The eye colour should be amber to green.
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