Breed HistoryThere are stories of Abyssinian cats being brought to the UK from North Africa in the nineteenth century by British soldiers returning home. They are named after Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), the empire where people originally believed they came from. However, Recent DNA analysis puts their roots closer to Asia than Africa.
The Abyssinian cat has a slender, medium-sized body, long legs and large pointed ears. Their almond shaped eyes come in various tones of yellow, green or copper. Abyssinian cats have short hair and a "ticked" tabby coat, where individual hairs are banded with different colors.
Abyssinian cats are known to be extroverts, who enjoy the company of humans they know. However, they are not particularly talkative and can be weary of strangers.