All our Abys have beautiful, melodic “trilling” little
voices. We find that our Abys are very protective of each other
– Abys like Abys and will seldom quarrel with each other..
Abyssinians have the "look" of a cougar, enhanced in part
by their regal appearance and feral qualities. As a result of these
attributes, as pets they are quite appealing to men.
Believed by some to be the most ancient feline breed in the world,
Abyssinians were reportedly imported from Ethiopia (formerly Abyssinia),
or the coast of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia into
England, and then the breed was further refined there. In appearance,
the breed resembles ancient Egyptian portraits and sculptures portraying
an elegant feline, muscular and lithe, with an arched neck, large
ears and almond shaped eyes. Abys today still retain the jungle
look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic
Breeding in England focused on the development of the ticked (Agouti)
coat, and over time the undesirable tabby marking were bred out.
Records indicate that Abyssinians first bred in England were of
a Silver or Yellow ticking color, as evidenced by the ancestral
names shown in Eszencia Abyssinians pedigrees (Aluminium and Gold
Tick – early 1900’s). Breeding became concentrated on
bringing out a warmer color, hence the Sorrel (red) and Ruddy (usual)
of today. In addition to those colors, Fawn and Blue are also recognized
Abyssinian colors in North America.
The first Abyssinian registrations occurred in 1896, and the stud
book of the National Cat Club reveals that Sedgemere Bottle, born
in 1892, and Sedgemere Peaty, born in 1894, were registered by Mr.
Abyssinians are middle-sized cats, slender and lithe, strong and
muscular. They are of oriental type but not as extreme as the Siamese
Cat. Slender legs with small oval paws. Characteristically it looks
like the Abyssinians stand tip-toed.
General Abyssinian Characteristics
The Abyssinian is a well-balanced cat, with all elements in proportion.
It is eager and active, and shows a lively interest and curiosity
in its surroundings.
Medium build, firm, lithe, hard and muscular; body of medium length.
Tail fairly long and tapering, broad at base. Legs fine and long,
in proportion to the body; feet small and oval. Gives the impression
of standing on tiptoe.
Wedge-shaped, of medium proportions, wide at the top; the contours
are soft and graceful. In profile the head shows a soft curve, with
neither a stop nor a straight nose. Nose medium long. Chin firm
and well developed; muzzle not sharply pointed. A shallow indentation
forming the muzzle is desirable but a pinch is a fault. The ears
are relatively large, set well apart and pricked, broad and cupped
at the base. Set as though listening. They are slightly rounded
at the tips with a thumb mark; tufts at the tips are desirable.
Set wide apart, large, brilliant and expressive; almond in shape
and outlined with dark colour. Colour amber, green or yellow; pure,
Texture Fine, but resilient to the touch, with a lustrous sheen.
Medium short; long enough to accommodate two or three bands of ticking.
Ticking 2 or 3 bands of colour on each hair with dark tips.
In the show ring
Body, Tail and Legs: 20 points
Head and Ears: 15 points
Eyes: 10 points
Body Colour: 25 points
Ticking: 15 points
Texture of Coat: 10 points
Condition: 5 points
Total: 100 points
"To gain the friendship of a cat is a difficult thing.
The cat is philosophical, metholodical, quiet animal, tenacious
of it's own habits, fond of order and cleanliness, and it does not
lightly confer its friendship. If you are worthy of its affection,
a cat will be your friend, but never your slave. He keeps his free
will, though he loves, and he will not do for you what he thinks
is unreasonable. But if he once gives himself to you it is with
absolute confidence and affection"
- Theophile Gautier, 1850