The Abyssinian is a muscular, medium-sized cat with large tufted ears and a very short fine coat. Each hair has two or three bands of colour in it, giving a distinctive ticked appearance. The Abyssinian is believed to be one of the oldest known breeds of cats.
The ideal weight for an Abyssinian cat is 4.5 kg (10lbs).
A healthy Abyssinian cat should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 14-16 years.
Average litter size 4-6
The Abyssinian is one of the oldest known breeds of cats. It is claimed, they originated in the Nile Valley and were worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. Another view is that they were discovered in the late 1860s by British soldiers who brought them into Europe, and others claim it is simply a tabby cat with ticked fur!
The Abyssinian is a striking cat that comes in a range of colours. The most common Abyssinian colouring is golden-brown with black ticking. Ticking are bands of dark colour along the hair. The ticking is the result of a single mutant gene, and probably occurred thousands of years ago. The ticking would have helped to camouflage the cat in arid terrain in North Africa.
The Abyssinian makes an ideal family pet. It is very fond of human company and usually good with children. It is an intelligent, curious cat and quick to learn new tricks. It can be stand offish with other cats. It tends to be quite independent and would prefer not to live with other cats. It is probably suited to outdoor living than an urban existence. Abyssinian Cats are prolific hunters, and will bring home a steady stream of presents.
The Abyssinian is a great talker, but has a quieter voice than a Siamese cat.
Expect to pay around £400-£500 for a pedigree Abyssinian kitten.