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The Abyssinian cat is a bit like a miniature cougar. The ruddy version has a radian, dazzling color; the sorrel, a flaming burnt orange color; the blue, a mixture of soft blue and apricot sherbet; the fawn, a mixture of pinkish beige and oatmeal. This elegant and regal animal is among the aristocracy in the world of the cat fancy. They are lithe, and panther-like in activity, stately in appearance and endowed with the grace of a dancer. The large almond-shaped eyes mesmerize all who look into them.Description:The contemporary Abyssinian has been carefully developed for color, pattern and type,. It has a moderately long body, large ears and smooth, resilient coat. The overall impression of the ideal Abyssinian is a medium cat, regal in appearance. The Abyssinian is foreign shorthair in type. Males are proportionately larger than females, the female being finer boned and usually more active than the male. The Abyssinian shows firm muscular development and a lively interest in all surroundings. The coat of an Abyssinian has an iridescent quality reflecting warmth of color giving the impression of a colorful cat. Coat pattern is a form of agouti ticking with even, dark-colored ticking contrasted with lighter bands giving the translucent effect. The Abyssinian is of sound health and vigor, well-balanced physically and temperamentally gentle and amenable to handling.


The Abyssinian may be one of the oldest breeds of domesticated cats, but like so many of our recognized breeds, its exact origin is unknown. Some believe the Abyssinian is a direct descendant of the sacred cat of Egypt, based on characteristic outlines seen on ancient Egyptian paintings and sculptures. These pictures look very much like the Abyssinian and Egyptian Mau of today. According to one story, soldiers returning to England in the 1800?s from Ethiopia ( Abyssinia) brought cats with them from that country, hence the name Abyssinian.


The Abyssinian should be feral in appearance, yet they are extremely gentle and affectionate by nature. They make excellent companions and are quite, not overly ?talkative? cats, even when in season. These cats are very inquisitive; nothing is too small to escape the adventure of investigation. They show a lively interest in all their surroundings and love to climb, yet very seldom disturb or break things, even when they weave between objects like a skier on a slalom course. Their loose skin helps them get in and out of tight places or human hands with ease. They do not like to be caged and will pace back and forth, much like a wild animal. These wonderful cats who seem to ?read? the needs of their favorite person.

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Southern Alberta Cat Fanciers - Rene Copeland