Abyssinian Cat Breed Information
Abyssinian cat originated in the Nile Valley and was first introduced to Europe at the end of the last century. It is also known as an Abby cat. It is thought this breed was a direct descendant of the revered cat of Egypt based on Egyptian painting and sculptures.
This breed of cat is the most popular breed because of its foreign appearance and having a placid, quiet temperament. It is the 5th most popular breed in North America.
The coat pattern on an Abyssinian is translucent due to a single gene. This gene gives each hair several dark bands evenly dispersed on a lighter background, giving an appearance of a “ticked” coat pattern.
The body of this breed of cat is medium sized, svelte, long and muscular. The eyes are large and have dark rims set in spectacles of lighter hair. The ears are large and cupped, ideally with tufted tips, similar to Caracal cats. The legs are slender, elegant and moderately long and have small paws. The tail has a gently tapering and is the same length as the body. The coat is fine but not soft. Their weight is about 9-17lb (4-7.5 kg).
This breed tends to be demanding and want a lot of attention but are still so very loving and gentle. They love to climb a lot, and do not like to being caged. They live to be about 10 to 12 years of age.
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