Photos from My Abyssinian Cats and
Devaraja Abyssinians

The Abyssinian was brought from Abyssinia by the British (although that may not be the actual country of origin), and became a recognized breed in 1882.  Sleek, lithe and high spirited with dense, silky and lustrous, ticked coat.  A long, tapering tail   Elegant and regal.  Large ears and almond shaped, lightly highlighted eyes of green or gold..  Its head is somewhere between round and wedge-shaped and, in profile, can resemble a cougar.

  • BREED TYPE:  Not confirmed, possibly man-made.
  • BODY TYPE:  Semi-Foreign
  • COAT TYPE:  Shorthair
  • SIZE:  Medium
  • TEMPERAMENT:  High spirited and intelligent; inquisitive and loyal.  Soft-spoken.  It is loving, personable, and wants a lot of attention.  Gets along well with children and other pets.  It is not a “lap” cat.
  • COLORS:  Lavender, blue, chocolate, black silver, fawn, sorrel ruddy and sorrel silver.

Recommended Web Links

Cat Fanciers of America

The International Cat Association

Abyssinian Cat Club of America

National Abyssinian Cat Rescue

Origins of the Longhair Abyssinian