Breed of the Month: Abyssinian

No one knows exactly where the Abyssinian breed originated, but one theory is that the breed originated in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and that British soldiers brought a cat back to England after a war that took place around 1868. Other theories are that the breed came from Egypt or India.

Abyssinians are known for their unique and beautiful coat. The banding, or “ticking,” on individual hairs make them look similar to a cougar or small African wildcat. There are three or four bands of colour on each hair. Coat colours include ruddy, sorrel, blue, fawn, silver and red. Abyssinians are thrill seekers who love to climb as high as possible.

It is recommended to consider purchasing tall cat trees for them to climb and play on or else they will find your refrigerator or tall bookshelves to scale.  Abyssinians are full of energy and their love for life and play is contagious. Since they are so active, it is suggested to get another cat to keep them company while the owner is away or at work. Abyssinians are easily trained to fetch and perform tricks.

If you are looking for an active cat breed that lives life to the fullest and is always up for a good time, then the Abyssinian may be the breed for you!


Male: 6-12 lbs.

Female: 6-10 lbs.


  • Fine-boned, medium-sized cat
  • Muscular body
  • Large pointed ears
  • Almond shaped eyes, green, yellow or copper in colour
  • Short, silky coat
  • Ticked coat has alternating light and dark bands of colour on each hair shaft
  • Coat colours include: ruddy, red, blue or fawn


  • Tendency to vocalize: Moderate
  • Affection level: High
  • Child-friendly: High
  • Dog-friendly: High
  • Energy level: High
  • Grooming: Low
  • Shedding: Low
  • Health issues: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Average Lifespan: 9-15 years

Common Health Problems:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Hyperesthesia syndrome
  • Patellar luxation
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Written by CCR Kylie