From Egyptian origins, the Abyssinian cat breed is a lithe, sleek creature which is striking in its features; noticeable for its green, yellow or hazel eyes and it's distinguished glossy, short, fine and close ticked coat of a ruddy or golden brown with a lighter underbelly. It has small paws with black pads and comparatively large ears with a lynx like, sharp tip. Any visible tabby markings are negative if showing this breed and only the chin should be white.
They have a long tails which suits their active and athletic personality. They love to run, leap and climb so will need plenty of space and are likely to spend many hours outside if allowed. They are intelligent and can be taught to play games like fetch but the toy must be something they can hold in their mouths.
The Abyssinian is an independent and lively cat but still loves being affectionate and can be vocal if you teach them this when they are young.
They make good parents with small litters which are often predominantly male
Unfortunately they are also prone to getting feline leukaemia.
Linked to Somali and Balinese although larger than the other oriental breeds.
Shares heritage with the Egyptian Mau.
Recognised colours; copper red with pink pads and no ticking, blue and more recognised Ruddy/Golden brown.