The Abyssinian breed is believed to be the direct descendant of the ancient Egyptian cats. The mummified remains of some ancient cats and reproductions of them in frescoes in tombs were compared to living cats in Abyssinia, and some perfect similarities were discovered. In 1860 an English military command brought some of these cats to England.
In 1929 the breeding standards of this breed were set. During the First and Second World Wars, its numbers decreased because of lack of proper food. Today the Abyssinian is one of the most sought after and most loved cats in North America.
Color: The color resembles that of a hare. It can be copper-colored with ridges of darker red. There are also blue or cream varieties, but they are very rare and are not accepted in America.
Eyes:The eyes may be green, hazel or yellow. Their eyes are known as the “biggest, most innocent eyes in the world.”
Body Structure:The body is long and slender. The slender legs, small feet with black pads and agile movement all combine to give the Abyssinian its elegance. The head is slightly triangular, delicate and elongated. The nose is dark with a black border. The ears are large, pointed, open, and rounded at the tips.
Hair Coat: The hair is short, but the fur is thick like that of rabbits.
The Abyssinian is very affectionate and sweet. He is nevertheless very lively and spirited. He may seem unsociable at first, but if treated with respect and love, he will soon be a new member of the family.