Where does the Abyssinian come from?
The origins of the Abyssinian are uncertain however it is
believed to have come from Egypt.
What type of Body does the
The Abyssinian body characteristics include:
Medium length body
Very well developed muscles
Slender legs compared to the body
Fine bone structure
Small oval paws
Fairly long tail that is broad at the base and tapers to
A broad head
that is moderately wedge shaped
Almond shaped eyes with colours ranging from gold,
green, hazel or copper
When viewed in profile the nose and chine form a
When alert their ears and large, broad, cupped at the
base and slightly pointed at the tips with tufts of hair
For show cats, large ear tufts are seen as a must have
forehead, an M shape mark is commonly seen
corners of their eyes a black marking is common,
referred to as mascara lines
What type of coat does an Abyssinian have ?
Abyssinian's coat is a medium length coat that is dense and
feels silky. The Abyssinian cat owes its unusual coat to a
single dominant mutant gene known as Ta. Each individual
hair has a base colour followed by 3 to 4 darker bands. The
base or the root of the hair is the lightest part with the
darkest being at the tip also called the ticking. Ticking is
found mainly in Somali, Abyssinian and Singapura.
The coat colour in the United Kingdom is called Usual were
elsewhere it is known as Ruddy. Abyssinian's have a lovely
warm reddish brown base colour along with black ticking.
Their feet and the backs of their hind legs are black.
From the original colouring, other coloured Abyssinian's
have been bred. However the pads and hind legs have stayed a
darker colour compared to the rest of the cats coat. A new
colour bred and also popular is a Sorrel colour. This is a
cinnamon base with a chocolate brown ticking, paws and hind
legs. Blue Abyssinian's are another cat that has been bred
to have a light beige base with blue ticking, paws and hind
legs. The rare Fawn Abyssinian has a light cream base with a
darker cream ticking, paws and hind legs.
Due to the Cat Fanciers Association, Silver Abyssinians are
put into a different group even though there existence
extends decades. The Silver Abyssinian has a pure silver
white undercoat with markings ranging from black, blue, warm
dark cream and cinnamon. Pure silver Abyssinians are very
difficult to breed as patches occur in the coat and are more
obvious due to the silver white base colour.
Rare coloured Abyssinians are breed in the UK and Holland in
small numbers some being tortoiseshell, red, cream,
chocolate and lilac.
Kittens are often a dark colour with their actual coat
colour growing through after a couple of months.