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The Abyssinian is one of the most affectionate cats ever. He will not hesitate to beg you to take him in your arms with imploring meows and tender braces. The Abyssinian is also an athletic cat, who has the energy to spare. Expect to see him doing all sorts of acrobatics or seeing him perched above the cupboards. Thus, this cat with a strong personality needs two things to be fulfilled: space a lot of affection!

Origin Of The Abyssinian The Abyssinian was exhibited for the first time at the Crystal Palace in London in 1871, where he enjoyed incredible success. The breed was officially recognized outside Great Britain in 1882. The standard was established in the year 1889, and also Abyssinian arrived in America in 1902.

Its morphology is of the median foreign type, that is to say, that the Abyssinian is of medium size, slender, supple and well muscled. Males are proportionally larger than females.


8 to 12 pounds. The weight of this cat is considered medium.

Average Life Expectancy

13 to 16 years

Eye Color

Hazelnut, amber or green. His eyes are large, spaced, and almond shaped.

Hair type

Short, dense, smooth and reclining on the body, with a slightly longer band on the backbone!

 Color Of The Abyssinian Cat

Hair Only one motif is accepted for the Abyssinian dress: the ticked tabby. Thus, this cat does not present any scratches, and the hairs of its body are agoutis (commonly called ticking), that is to say, that there are several bands of colors of the root until the point of each hair. The more bands in a hair, the more subtle the color.

The hair along the backbone and on the tip of the tail is darker, while it’s paler on the throat, belly, and inside the legs.

The ticking of the Abyssinian appears from six weeks, and the color will be definitive after one and a half years. The Abyssinian cat's dress can be declined in 28 different colors. Some of the most popular include:


Hare Abyssinian Cats


Also called usual or ruddy, this color is called so because it reminds of the hare. It is this color that has earned the Abyssinian the nickname hare-cat. Each hair is characterized by an alternation of bands of different colors, red-apricot close to the skin and brown-black to the tips. The belly is plain apricot while the throat and neck are creamy. The tip of the tail and the pads are black, and the leather of the nose is brick red.


Blue  Abyssinian Cat


Also called Blue, it is a rather rare color, created by dilution of the color hare. Each hair is characterized by an alternation of bands of different colors or warm beige near the skin with blue-gray bands. The belly, the inside of the legs and the top of the tail are beige-pink, while the pads and the end of the tail are blue-gray. The leather of the nose is dark pink.


 Sorrel Abyssinian Cat


Also called cinnamon, this very hot color is reminiscent of a cougar. Each hair is characterized by an alternation of bands of different colors, or apricot-orange close to the skin with brown-red bands. The tip of the tail, the pads, and the eye contour are cinnamon (brown-red) while the belly, inside of the legs as well as the underside of the tail are glowing-orange. The skin of the nose is brick surrounded by brown-red.


Fawn  Abyssinian Cat


Also called Fawn, this color is the result of the dilution of the Sorrel color. Each hair is characterized by an alternation of bands of different colors, beige near the skin with gray-pink bands. The tip of the tail, the pads and the marks of the face are magnolia (pink with a hint of orange), and the skin of the nose is mauve-pink.


Red  Abyssinian Cat


Also called Red, each hair is characterized by an alternation of bands of different colors or orange near the skin with red bands. Ticking is less noticeable here. The tip of the tail and the marks on the ears are red while the skin of the nose and the pads are pink.


Silver Abyssinian Cat


Each hair of this color is characterized by an alternation of bands of different colors, either silvery near the skin with the hare, sorrel or blue stripes.


Behavior And Character Traits Of The Abyssinian Cat

The Abyssinian cat is above all lively, dynamic, alert and always moving. Attentive and vigilant, he is a hunter in the soul, who is interested in everything that moves and who will not hesitate to jump everywhere to leap on his prey.

The Abyssinian cat is very active, and he loves to play, some even say that he is turbulent. One of the most effective ways to tame him is to play with him. Indeed, this cat considers his gaming partners as his peers. The Abyssinian cat is very attached to his masters and loves being caressed; the Abyssinian cat hates loneliness. If his teachers have to leave often, he will enjoy having a companion.

He gets along well with dogs and can cohabit with them, but beware of rodents and birds; he will be merciless! The Abyssinian cat has a meow soft and rather discreet; he is neither penetrating nor disagreeable. And that's good because he makes ample use of his voice to express his needs and moods.

 Health Problems In The Abyssinian Cat

Abyssinian's are subject to certain hereditary diseases. The most common is called cat amyloidosis. This condition results in a progressive deposition of an amyloid substance in the body, which leads to kidney failure leading to the death of the animal. The symptoms of this disease appear only after the age of 5 years. It is difficult to examine the lines.



The origin of the Abyssinian cat is mysterious and controversial. It does not come from Abyssinia or Egypt, but rather from Southeast Asia. Some say he is descended from the African wildcat while others believe he descends from the sacred cat of ancient Egypt. Certainly, his name was given after its arrival in Europe, which was reported from Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).


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