Abyssinian Breed

The Abyssinian is one of the most popular breeds of domesticated shorthair cats in the United States. Though they are one of the oldest known breeds, their exact origins are unknown. Genetic research suggests that Abyssians originated near the coast of the Indian Ocean, and the breed was developed in Britain.

Abyssinians are extremely playful, extroverted, fun, willful and intelligent cats. They enjoy playing and are not typical lap cats. They are known for their curiosity and love of exploration. As an intelligent and physically capable breed, they are known for their hunting ability and love of playing with toys. Abyssinians require a great deal of interaction to be happy and can become depressed if not given enough daily activity and affection. Though active and curious, Abyssinians are also very loyal and affectionate pets. They make a wonderful companion for humans of all ages because they are happiest in the company of others and love to play. They can be happy in homes with other cats as long as they are given individual attention.

The Abyssinian is a short-haired cat with a distinctive ticked coat, where each strand of hair has several bands of alternating color. The head of Abyssinians is a modified wedge with rounded corners, and their faces have almond-shaped, expressive eyes in green, amber or gold. Their bodies are long, lithe, and their legs are in slender proportion to their body. They have long, tapering tails and small, oval paws. Male Abyssinians weigh 8-10 pounds, while their female counterparts weigh 6-7 pounds.

Abyssinians are bred in the following colors: Ruddy, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Blue, Lilac and Fawn. The Ruddy Abyssinian is the oldest and most popular of the accepted colors, while Fawn is the newest. 

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