What is the special trait of this breed?
The Abyssinian cat, often simply called Abyssinian or, more affectionately, “Aby” to a lot of cat lovers is the direct descendant of the ancient Egyptian cat.
Admittedly, there is a likeness in appearance to the Pharaohs’ cats. However, the first cat of this breed made its way from Abyssinia (Ethiopia) to Great Britain in 1868. This cat named “Zula” is considered to be the founder of the breed.
Abyssinian cats are strong in personality and character; they are especially active, intelligent and very human-oriented. The sensitive animals need a lot of attention.
With much curiosity they inspect their surroundings and want to take part in anything and everything: All items are subject to a thorough inspection!
Abyssinians are extremely social and energetic; if they have to spend their life by themselves, they tend to get lonely and depressed.
The perfect pet for cat lovers with a full house! Even a large family with other pets is welcome – the motto for the Abyssinian cat is: the more the merrier!
However, its space should never be constrained too much and there must always be enough free space to roam about.
What are the traits unique to the Abyssinian?
The slender figure, the wedge-shaped, narrow head and the big almond-shaped eyes give the breed its Oriental appearance. They are rather solemn and serene with a soft voice and they are not as “talkative” as other breeds. However, you will find that the Abyssinian has its own subtle and charming way of communicating with its human.
The coat is short, very fine and flat. The typical deer colour is called “ruddy” or “usual” – one of the most common coat colours for the breed and very attractive – a warm reddish brown with black ticking.
The paw pads have a black colouring; also the back is decorated with a thin dark line. The inner legs are as orange-coloured as the belly.
A curiosity within the world of cats: The Abyssinian kittens are born with a dark coat that grows fairer over time!
After a few months, the coat has achieved its definitive colour. Each Abyssinian harbours a gene for long hair; this means that the kittens can have varying coat lengths (long/half long) within one and the same litter!