Appearance and features:
Short haired, medium size, with a slender and lean appearance. Wedge shaped head with large to medium large pointy ears. Almond shaped eyes in either gold, green, hazel or copper color.
This is a medium-size cat weighing 6 to 10 pounds.
Related to Ocicats. Ocicats are the result of breeding an Abyssinian with a Siamese.
Ruddy, which is a deep reddish-brown tone with black marks, sorrel, a lighter cooper base, cinnamon, Blue, beige and fawn. Lilac a chocolate is also a newer variant, but not recognized by CFA. Color variations continue to be developed, including Torbie. TICA does recognize the new colors.
Traceable roots go back to England in the nineteenth century.
Abyssinians are not a cat that likes to lay around. They have a high need to play and get constant attention. One of the few cat breeds that desires human interaction. They are said to develop a dog-like attachment to they’re owner.
Abyssinians can be prone to blindness. The blindness is caused by a degenerative retinal disorder caused by a mutation in the rdAc gene. Gingivitis, which is fairly common with many breeds, can also be found in Abyssinians.