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Abyssinian Cat

Abyssinian Cat photo

blue colored Abyssinian cat
Photograph by polandeze. Some rights reserved.

The Abyssinian cats have strong, powerful builds with legs that appear too lean for their bodies. This is because they are very well muscled. Their paws are small and oval shaped and their tails are quite long and graceful and their relatively large ears often have tufts on them and are moderately pointed. Abyssinians, or Abys, have large almond shaped eyes that can be green, copper, hazel or gold. Their coats come in a large variety of colours and are short, thick, soft and close-lying and are distinctly ticked, which means that the hairs are lighter at the roots and become darker closer to the top. The most common colour for the coat is Ruddy, which is dusky red at the roots with black ticking. However, there are many variants of this. The Abyssinian's meow is soft and rarely heard.




Tawny, blue, cinnamon, ruddy, fawn, black silver, blue silver and fawn silver.


Abyssinian cats are extroverts and love to be included by humans. They are very active cats, and they are loyal, playful, intelligent and enjoy exploring their homes. However, they are gentle and shy of strangers.

Suitable for

With their gentle but extroverted nature, Abyssinians are suitable for almost anyone, though are probably best suited to families as they love to be included by people.


The origin of the Abyssinian cat is unknown, but it is one of the oldest breeds of cat. The first Abyssinian cat was brought to England in 1868, and the breed was recognized officially in 1882. There are some documents that say the breed was brought from Abyssinia during the Abyssinian war, but there is no proof of this. Other theories suggest that the Abyssinian was created by breeding silver and brown Tabby cats with English ticked cats.