The first Abyssinians were brought to Britain from Ethiopia by the British soldiers; as a breed it was registered in 1874.
Abyssinian is a medium sized, muscular, slender bodied, short haired cat with characteristically ticked coat. Each of the orange-brown hairs is marked with two or three dark bands. The darkest of the bands is is the one nearest the tip of the hair. Head slightly wedge-shaped, with large ears and almond-shaped eyes. Soft, dense fur. Long, tapering tail. There is a long-haired variant of this breed, recently developed from it, called the Somali.
The humans, who like the breed, characterize the cat as intelligent, affectionate, gentle, graceful, sinuous, energetic, companionable, friendly, fearless, quiet, active, playful, alert, fast, sun worshipping. It is lithe and pantherine in its movements, requires considerable freedom and dislikes close confinement.
Those who do not like the breed give the following negative characteristics: difficult to handle, undisciplined, introverted, shy and cautious.
CFA: Ruddy (Ruddy Brown or Burnt Sienna), Red (Sorrel, Cinnamon or Russet), Blue, Fawn.
GCCF: Usual (Ruddy, Ruddy Brown or Burnt Sienna), Sorrel (Red, Cinnamon, Russet), Chocolate, Lilac (chocolate-dilute), Blue, Fawn (sorrel-dilute), Red, Cream, Sorrel Tortie, Chocolate Tortie, Blue Tortie, Lilac Tortie, Fawn Tortie, Sorrel Silver, Chocolate, Blue Silver, Lilac Silver, Fawn Silver, Red Silver, Cream Silver, Sorrel Tortie Silver, Chocolate Tortie Silver, Blue Tortie Silver, Lilac Tortie Silver, Fawn Fawn Tortie Silver.
Abbysinian Cat Clubs:
My Friend Mike
Abbysinians are shy. It's usually, the first thing about them you notice,
so how they managed to produce Mike is still a mystery. Mike is my best
friend, an Abbysinian, the wildest cat on the block and someone you wouldn't
want to cross. He has a home, well-bred cats generally do, but his supporting
staff's attempt to qualify him in a cat show were a complete failure as
soon as he scratched the examiner, bit his servant and ran off towards
the female cats' area. Mike isn't neutered because he's dead against it.
Most cats are (I'm not going to discuss this but "Give me liberty or give
me death" comes close to our view).
Further reading for Abyssinian lovers: