The overall impression of the ideal Abyssinian would be a colorful cat with a distinctly ticked coat, medium in size and regal in appearance.

The Abyssinian is lithe, hard and muscular, showing eager activity and a lively interest in all surroundings. This breed is well balanced temperamentally and physically with all elements of the cat in proportion.

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What does "ticked" mean?

If you look closely at the fur on an Abyssinian, you'll see that there are bands of color on each individual hair. These bands of color, called "agouti", alternate bands of a light color and a dark color.

COAT LENGTH: Shorthair
COLORS: Ruddy, red, blue and fawn
PERSONALITY: Busy, active, agenda-driven and affectionate

The Abyssinian is extremely intelligent and very people oriented. They are inquisitive and have to have their noses in everything that you do. They love their people, and can be great lap cats -- when they want to be. They will quickly have their owners trained to their lifestyle.

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Top 10 Breed Popularity Ranking
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"My Abys want everything ....."

"My Abys want everything - I know why people call them Aby-grabbys. They are endlessly curious and assume anything I like to eat should be for them too !! "

"My Abyssinians have been the joy of my life, which is never dull with them around. They are delightful company and keep me amused constantly. "

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