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Abyssinian

A true feline... (other names: Aby, Russian Cat, British Ticked Cat, Spanish Cat,)

Abyssinian
origin:Ethiopia
life expectancy:9 - 15 anos
weight:4 to 7 kg
size: Mediumfur type: short
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History [ edit ]

The Abyssinian, also known as Aby, is one of the oldest known breeds of cats which origin is surrounded by speculation.  One theory claims that this breed was largely developed in England and that there is no evidence to support its African origin. Others say it may have been an early offshoot of the African wildcat, ancestor of all domestic cats. It is a fact that the modern Abyssinian have a striking resemblance to the noble cats depicted in ancient Egyptian paintings. Known as the "Child of the Gods" it is considered that its ancestors were the sacred cats worshipped in the temples of Egypt. However, Recent Genetic research demonstrates that the Abyssinian originated  in the coast of the Indian Ocean and in some regions of the Southeastern Asia. Contrary to what one might thought, the breed’s name is not related with its eventual African origins but springs from the conjecture that Abyssinians were first brought into England by British soldiers, returning from the war in Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia) around 1868. Speculations aside, the Abyssinian is  beautiful, exotic and mysterious-looking cat that is equally in the show ring and as a loyal family member.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Abyssinian is a medium to large cat, slender, lithe, graceful and elegant breed, regal in appearance, with a short-haired lustrous coat of distinctive ticking similar to that of the wild cats. Males are somewhat larger than females.The medium length body is well-balanced, firm, hard and muscular without coarseness, lithe and panther-like when in motion. The rounded rib cage does not have flat sides. The back is slightly arched as is the cat is about to spring. The Legs are Muscular, fine and long, in proportion to the body, with small, compact and oval feet, which have five toes in front and four in back. The flank is pratically level without a tuck-up. The head is wedge-shaped, of medium proportions is wide at the top. In profile, the head shows no flat planes, but a gentle transition with neither a stop nor a straight nose which leather is Brick red, outlined with black. The skull forms a gentle curve to the slender, arched neck. The muzzle has gentle contours without any evidence of foxy appearance, snippiness, or whisker pinch. The chin firm and well developed. The large Eyes, almond in shape and outlined with darker lid skin, are set wide apart They are gold, green or hazel in colour, brilliant and very expressive. The ears are large, alert and moderately pointed, set well apart and pricked, broad and cupped at the base. The tail is thick at the base, fairly long and tapering. The Abyssinian sports a Medium short coat that has an iridescent quality, dense, fine but resilient to the touch, with a lustrous sheen. The hair is longest at the spine, gradually shortening over the saddle, flank, legs and head. The ticking consists of 2 or 3 bands of colour on each hair with dark tips. Abyssinians come generally in four coat colors: ruddy, red, blue and fawn. Less common are the silver tones, lavender, chocolate, and sex-linked red.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Abyssinian is a friendly, affectionate, highly intelligent and outgoing cat, eager and active, showing a lively interest in what goes on around it. It is not a lap cat, however, it is playful and people orientated and it is amongst the most loyal and highly intelligent of breeds. Abyssinians have a distinctive, bell-like voice and some love water. They love a good shoulder ride, need plenty of interactive play, such as play fetch, and are capable of learning a variety of tricks. They generally try to get involved in many of the family activities. This extremelly loyal breed bonds to its human companion for life and makes an excellent pet for active families.
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Health [ edit ]

The Abyssinian is an healthy breed.
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Varieties [ edit ]

 

RUDDY: coat ruddy brown (burnt-sienna), ticked with various shades of darker brown or black; the extreme outer tip to be the darkest, with orange-brown undercoat. Tail tipped with black. The underside and inside of legs to be a tint to harmonize with the main color. Nose leather: tile red. Paw pads: black or brown, with black between toes, extending slightly beyond the paws.

RED: coat rich, warm glowing red, ticked with chocolate-brown, the extreme outer tip to be dark, with red undercoat. Tail tipped with chocolate-brown. The underside and inside of legs to be a tint to harmonize with the main color. Nose leather: rosy pink. Paw pads: pink, with chocolate-brown between toes, extending slightly beyond the paws.

BLUE: coat warm beige, ticked with various shades of slate blue, the extreme outer tip to be the darkest, with blush beige undercoat. Tail tipped with slate blue. The underside and inside of legs to be a tint to harmonize with the main color. Nose leather: old rose. Paw pads: mauve, with slate blue between toes, extending slightly beyond the paws.

FAWN: coat warm rose-beige, ticked with light cocoa brown, the extreme outer tip to be the darkest, with blush beige undercoat. Tail tipped with light cocoa brown. The underside and inside of legs to be a tint to harmonize with the main color. Nose leather: salmon. Paw pads: pink with light cocoa brown between the toes, extending slightly beyond the paws.

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Cat Trivia [ edit ]

This breed was nearly extinct during World War II. Only 12 Abyssinians were left in England after the war.
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