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Abyssinian (Chanan)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.

Abyssinian (Chanan) 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, dating back at least to the 1890s. Not all associations recognize all colors of Abyssinian, although all accept ruddy, red, blue, and fawn.

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