The Abyssinian cat is lean and elegant with just a touch of wild. Very active, bright and curious, it desires feedback, interaction and even some training. The Abyssinian is an excellent family pet, but can be a bit of a pest for those who are looking for more of a cuddle buddy or a couch potato. The breed may have originated in Ethiopia, as the word “Abyssinian” refers to a region in that country. The development of this cat as a treasured housepet occurred in Egypt many centuries ago and representations of these sinewy and beautiful cats can be found on ancient ruins dating back to the time of the Pharaohs. On the more gruesome side, many cats of exactly this type were mummified and buried along with their owners in the tombs of Egypt, so that the departed might continue into the afterlife with their favorite companions. The personality of the Abyssinian cat is bright, bold and inquisitive. They aren’t usually lap-cats though, more like ride on your shoulder cats – as long as you are going somewhere. These lean, athletic, neatly turned out cats are very friendly, very smart and very active
The Abyssinian is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world’s largest cat organization, and is one of the most popular pure-bred or “pedigreed” domestic cat breeds. They are pleasant, playful and refined and are believed to be one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. Abyssinians come in a variety of shades from lilac to chocolate brown but ruddy, sable and buff colors are most common. The coat is ticked, meaning individual hairs are banded with color.