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The Abyssinian cat is a very active, playful, and
inquisitive breed. This slender, short-haired breed is distinguished
by its coat pattern, which is ticked in the manner associated
with wild cats.
The Abyssinian personality is friendly, outgoing, interactive, and inquisitive, sometimes dangerously so. They are fearless and can get themselves in trouble if not properly supervised. They wake up with a "to-do" list and don't rest until everything is checked off. Abyssinians can be very stubborn and difficult to distract once they have an idea.
Though ruddy is the color most associated with
the breed, Abyssinian kittens are widely available in blue, fawn, and red
(also known as sorrel or cinnamon) as well. They are less commonly available in silver
tones, lavender, chocolate, sex-linked red, and tortie.
The "normal" Abyssinian (non-silver) colors have a red undertone due to a factor called rufousing. A complete lack of this rufousing is what creates the striking silver tones.
Interesting breed fact: The Abyssinian
as a breed was largely developed in England. Although popular
mythology has it they were of African origin, there is no
evidence to support this theory. The breed was nearly eradicated
during World War II; after the war, there were only 12 registered
Abyssinians left in England.
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Associations: The Abyssinian cat breed accepted
by all major associations. It is one of the oldest accepted breeds;
stud books for registered Abyssinians in England date back to
the 1890s. Not all associations recognize all colors of Abyssinian, although all accept ruddy, red, blue, and fawn.
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