Cat Breeds

Abyssinian Advantage and Challenges


  • Abyssinians are highly intelligent and very social
  • Abyssianians are affectionate and loyal
  • The Abyssianian coat is exotically beautiful
  • requires little grooming
  • Abyssinian's are generally healthy cats
  • good with family members, kids and pets


  • Abyssinians are high energy and freedom-loving – this is not a lap cat!
  • Most Abyssinians tend to climb to high places
  • Abyssinians are very independent-minded
  • Abyssinian cats are people-oriented – should not be left alone for long periods

Abyssinian Physical Characteristics


  • Medium


  • Medium shorthair


  • Ruddy brown, Red, Blue, Fawn, Lilac
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Abyssinian Personality

Looking much like an ancient Egyptian sculpture, the Abyssinian is an active, intelligent and people-loving cat. Although quite beautiful and elegant, the Abyssinian is never content to lie around and just be admired. This is no lap cat – this animal is in constant motion, and seems to especially enjoy climbing to high places such as the top of the fridge or your tallest bookshelf. You’ll find the Abyssinian to be an affectionate and very loyal pet – it will love to be wherever you are. An extremely social cat, this little one wants to be a big part of your life. If your schedule keeps you away from home for more than a few hours each day, then your pet would enjoy having a pet of its own – another cat will be fine company for your Abyssinian, and they can entertain each other while you’re away.

Many Abyssinians love water, and can spend hours of quality time with a dripping fawcet. Be prepared to provide plenty of interactive play for your Abyssinian, and you’ll be rewarded with lifetime loyalty in return. If you’ve got energy, humor and friendship to spare, an Abyssinian could be the ideal companion for you.

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Abyssinian History and General Information

History and Origin

The Abyssinian is one of the oldest known breeds, but its true history has long been shrouded in myth.

Some believe the Abyssinian was brought from Ethiopia(formerly Abyssinia) to Great Britainin the 1860's. Others feel that this breed originated along the coast of the Indian Ocean or in Southeast Asia. Wherever it came from, the Abyssinian today still retains the exotic jungle look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats

We do know the first Abyssinian came to North America from Englandin the early 1900s, and began to be bred in earnest in the 1930’s. Today the beautiful Abyssinian is the most popular short hair breed in America.

Grooming requirements

Relatively carefree, the Abyssinian requires occasional grooming to maintain a healthy coat and to keep shedding under control.

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Abyssinian Health

Health Ailments

The Abyssinian is a healthy, sturdy breed. It will usually live well into its teens and sometimes into its twenties. The Abyssinian is a cat that typically maintains an intense activity level even as an adult.

Abyssinians, like many other cats, can be prone to gingivitis. Yearly dental checks by a licensed veterinarian are a good idea.

A kidney disorder called Renal Amyloidosis, is common to Abyssinians. Selecting a qualified breeder or buying from a reputable pet store can help eliminate hereditary health problems such as these. Maintaining your cat’s proper weight and grooming requirements will also help insure its good health, along with regular checkups at the vet.

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