According to many sources, the Abyssinian was already present at the court of the pharaohs in the time of the Egyptians. Although one of the oldest cat breeds, the exact origin is unknown. A direct link between them and the Pharaohs was never found. Striking is the similarity between the current Abyssinian cats and mummified cats in the Egyptian excavations that have been recovered. The first Abyssinian came in 1868 from Ethiopia to Britain. This former domestic cats descended, among other things, on the small Libyan wild cat and the Abyssinian exhibits many similarities in appearance.
The image of the Abyssinian is a colorful cat with a clear characteristic ticked tabby pattern. The cat is medium in size and has a royal appearance. The Abyssinian is elegant but also has a muscular construction and has an active and alert appearance. The head is broad and shows a slight curvature of the nose and the chin is very solid with a closed mouth. The nose line is sloping and there is much space between the ears. The head turns into a graceful neck. The muzzle is neither pointed nor square. The ears are alert, large and moderately pointed and are open. The eyes are almond-formation and obliquely on the head, large and bright and keen in expression. The colors can range from gold to green. The eyes are rimmed by a fine dark line, encircled by a lighter colored area. The body is medium in length, elegant and stylish but sturdy and well muscled without being coarse. The physique of the Abyssinian is between the two extremes of stocky and extremely elegant in. The entire body should have a harmonious balance. The legs are elegant and delicate. The feet are small, oval and compact. The Abyssinian gives the impression to stand high on the legs. The tail is strong at root, quite long and leads gradually to a point.
Coat and pattern
The coat has a soft, silky feel and a fine structure. Abyssinians exhibit striking “ticking” in the coat. The ticking should be evenly distributed over the body. On each individual hair is the color of the coat interspersed with two or three darker pigmented bands, as also occurs on the wild rabbit. The hair should always point towards a darker pigment. The ticking should be as pure as possible and stripes or spots in the fur (especially on the neck and legs) are undesirable. All color varieties can have some white-color on the chin and near the whiskers, but the white should not run too far down. In Abyssinian cats without silver undercoat there can be a gray undertone in the coat, the cause of which still must be sought in the gray hair roots.
Abyssinians are among the most intelligent breeds. They are pets that want to be involved in everything that happens in your home. Abyssinians are very much people oriented and want a close relationship with their owners. They are not real lap cats, but they love to follow you around the house and want to participate in all that you do. An Abyssinian sees his owners as “buddies”. Abyssinian cats are finicky and sensitive animals requiring a lot of attention from their owner. They feel out of place in a too large group of cats, but will not be happy as the only cat in a house where the owners work all day. They are also playful and enterprising to old age and when they are done they will be happy to spend hours cuddling.
Care and Maintenance
The Abyssinian actually require little daily maintenance. A weekly or two-weekly brushing with a soft brush to remove dead hairs is sufficient to keep the coat in optimal condition. check regularly on the teeth because some animals have a tendency to tartar and gum problems. Take annual trips to the veterinarian to have this resolved.
The Abyssinians are healthy, strong animals. They can become about 12 to 15 years old. Because some genetic problems can occur, it is recommended only to buy a kitten from a breeder who is a serious enthusiast.