- Breed Size:
- Height: 20-25 cm
- Weight: 2-5 kg
- Life Expectancy: 9-13 years
- Learning Rate: High
- Country of Origin: Southeast Asia
The Abyssinian is a medium-sized cat with a ticked coat. This active cat breed has a strong body structure with a muscular form. Well balanced both physically and temperamentally, this cat breed is high on energy level and is playful. They are high-spirited and not those that you’ll just pick to cuddle. Abyssinians like challenges and are really curious about their surroundings, quite a cat thing to do! These natural athletes are swift and have agile paws. They are beautiful and loyal to their families.
Lovingly called Aby, the Abyssinian are one of the oldest cat breeds. They have a tabby pattern on their body and with a combination of lighter and darker shades on their coat, Aby has dense short coats. You’ll find lighter shades on their body and striking darker shades on the tip of their tail. You’ll usually find them in a red-brownish base with somewhat black ticking – that’s the original Aby color. That said, now you will discover Aby with different shades such as fawn and blue as well.
They have unique ears, which not only help them hear what we can’t, but their ears are also well cupped, quite large as compared to their body. They have a long, slender body with small paws and a graceful gait which makes them look as if standing on tiptoes. Abys has beautiful almond-shaped ears and a wedge-shaped head. They have a long, tapering tail and a coat that is soft to touch.
Highly intelligent and interested in nature, Aby is a natural explorer, and nothing escapes their vision. Smart as they are, this cat breed, although loyal, is moderately attached to their owners, which is a common cat trait. That said, they are full of affection towards their owners. They love being the center of attention which might call in with some purrs and meows now and then. Abys likes to sit at the heights and observe everything that surrounds them. However, they do quite well with kids and other pets.
Abys are independent thinkers and wouldn’t like much being picked up cuddled. They instead enjoy sitting at top shelves and have a good day relaxing. You may find them climbing shelves, cabinets, or crawling on your shoulders. They enjoy being involved as family members and when you have something for them. They’ll also follow you up everywhere you go. Arrange for a place for them to sit by the window and let them bird watch; they enjoy that much. Abys are usually silent and won’t meow until required.
Considered one of the oldest cat breeds, Abyssinian are believed to have originated by the banks of the river Nile. On careful observation, one would find several similarities matching with the cats back then in time in Egypt. However, recent studies have argued this point and have put forth that the cat breed is actually from Southeast Asia and the coast of the Indian Ocean. The cat breed caught attention for the first time when it was first showcased in a cat show in 1871 and took the third position.
Some interested cat breeders of America imported the cat breed in 1900, but it was only after 1930, the breeding actually took place. Only a handful of cats survived in England in World War II and sent some to the United States. The breed bounced back to popularity and started breeding once again. Today, the Abyssinian is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world.