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Abyssinian Cat Breed

Abyssinian Cat Breed


Abyssinian Cat Breed

Abyssinian’s are recognized as one of the planets oldest cat breeds, but little is known about the origins of the Abyssinian Cat. Some think that based on the breed’s distinct physical characteristics, that it descendant from cats worshipped in Egypt more than 4,000 years ago. Others believe that the Abyssinian was brought to England in the 1860s by British soldiers returning from the Abyssinian War. Some geneticists place the Abyssinian’s origins somewhere on the coast of the Indian Ocean or in parts of Southeast Asia. The only definitive answer to the breed’s longevity, however, is that after World War II, Abyssinians were thought to be a casualty of the destruction that decimated Europe and, therefore, extinct. However, twelve purebred Abyssinians had survived the war and were instrumental in the concentrated breeding program that developed to ensure the breed’s survival and eventual popularity in countries around the world.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: The Abyssinian is a medium-sized, muscular, and proportioned cat with a slender body. They have a wedge-shaped, but slightly rounded, head. Their ears are large and moderately pointed. Their eyes are almond shaped, large, and usually gold or green in color. Unlike many cats, the Aby has slim legs and small, oval paws. They also have long tails that taper as it moves towards the tip. Their coat is soft, dense to the touch, and medium length. Adding to their beauty, the Abyssinian’s coat is ticked (or has bands of dark and light colors contrasting with each other on each hair) and can be blue, fawn, red, ruddy, lilac, or cream.

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