Coloring – All coat colors come in an agouti pattern, which means distinct and even ticking, with dark colored bands contrasting with lighter colored bands on the hair shafts. The Abyssinian comes in four colors – ruddy, red, blue and fawn.

Eyes – Gold or green.

Overall Appearance – Abyssinians, often called Abys for short, still retain the jungle look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats. Their slim legs are quite powerful and they can jump great distances with ease.

Personality – Abyssinians are highly energetic, active and sometimes fearless in their pursuits. Although Abys are affectionate, they would rather play with you than sit on your lap.

Interesting Breed Fact – Although the Abyssinian is one of the oldest known breeds, there continues to be speculation and controversy concerning its history. Recent studies by geneticists show that the most convincing origin of the Abyssinian breed is the coast of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia.

Breed information supplied by the
Cat Fanciers’ Association

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