Ankober Cattery | About the Abyssinian ..
Although the Abyssinian is one of the oldest known breeds, there continues to be speculation and controversy concerning its history. In appearance, Abyssinians strongly resemble the paintings and sculptures of ancient Egyptian cats which portray an elegant feline with a muscular body, beautiful arched neck, large ears and almond shaped eyes. The source of the name is not because Ethiopia, formerly Abyssinia, is thought to be the original home of these cats, but because the first "Abyssinian" exhibited in shows in England was reported to have been imported from that country. The first mention is in the Harper's Weekly (January 27, 1872 issue) where the 3rd prize in the December, 1871 Crystal Palace show was taken by the Abyssinian Cat ("captured in the late AbyssinianWar"). This article is accompanied by an illustration of the Abyssinian Cat. In the British book, by Gordon Stables, Cats, Their Points, and Characteristics... published in 1874, there is also mention of an Abyssinian. The book shows a colored lithograph of a cat with a ticked coat and absence of tabby markings on the paws, face and neck. The description reads: "Zula, the property of Mrs. Captain Barrett-Lennard. This cat was brought from Abyssinia at the conclusion of the war..." British troops left Abyssinia in May 1868, so that may have been the time when cats with ticked coats first entered England. The Abyssinian has a ticked coat, which means there are bands of colour on each individual hair, with a solid base colour, giving a distinctive variegated look to the coat. The most common colours are tawny(originally called ruddy), cinnamon(originally sorrel), blue, and fawn. The eyes are almond shaped, green, gold or hazel, and accentuated by a dark outline. Abyssinians give the impression of standing on tiptoe on long slim legs and have a long tapering tail. The head is a slightly rounded wedge on an elegant neck, with large alert ears that may have tufts at the tips. As a breed Abyssinians are very people oriented.. Not a lap cat - although they do enjoy sitting on your knee when they have time. -.. but a cat that likes to be with people, a cat that wants to know what you are doing - that wants to help. There is probably no breed anywhere more loyal than the Abyssinian. Once you have acquired an Abyssinian as a companion, you will never be able to complain that no one understands you. Abyssinians are very good at training people to do just what they want them to do. They are not a noisy breed, having a quiet voice and many will just use it to trill. Whilst a very active breed they will live happily as an indoor cat as long as they have grown up indoors and have company and things to do - which they will invent if you do not provide toys.

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