Abyssinian History and Domestication
The Abyssinian Cat is Regarded as one of the oldest breeds of national Cat on Earth, as the first domestication of the Abyssinian Cat occurred in Ancient Egyptian times. It’s thought that Abyssinian Cats were bought and sold in the banks of the River Nile by traders, in which the African Wild Cats (the ancestors of all domestic snakes ) lived within their native lands . Abyssinian Cats are most easily identified by their”ticked” fur that gives their coat a mottled look.
Abyssinian Physical Attributes
The Abyssinian Cat has a more crazy looking appearance when compared to many strains of national Cat these days. The Abyssinian Cat has large ears (meaning it’s fantastic hearing) on top of its broad head, along with the big almond-shaped eyes of those Abyssinian are still distinctive for this strain now. The Abyssinian Cat is a medium sized Cat with a lengthy and muscular yet slender body and a relatively short tail. Although today, the Abyssinian could be located in many different different colors from blue to lilac to crimson, the dense, silky fur of the Abyssinian was originally silver or fawn in colour.
Abyssinian Behaviour and Temperament
The Abyssinian Cat is proven to be extremely smart and playful and is thought to be among the most active breeds of nationally Cat as the Abyssinian appears to find it almost impossible to sit still. Abyssinian Cats are known to be quite faithful and obedient felines making them easy to train in the house. The Abyssinian Cat is as crazy in character as it is in looks and enjoys to have a lot of attention and to keep active, which also tends create these Cats naturally excellent hunters.
Now, most species of modern day domestic Cat are thought to have descended from, or be near descendants of, the Abyssinian Cats which were brought to England from Northern Africa in the 19th century. The Abyssinian Cat is thought to have been among the very first species of Wild Cat to have been domesticated by Humans, and is therefore among the first wild animals to be treated as a household pet. The Abyssinian is presently one of the most common domestic Cat breeds in the USA and was believed to have been first exhibited in Crystal Palace in 1871 and the first official listing of the Abyssinian Cat breed was in 1882.
Abyssinian Interesting Facts and Features
In Ancient Egypt, the Abyssinian Cat has been viewed as a sign from the Ancient Egyptian Gods and was therefore believed to be a sacred creature with legend deeming that the Abyssinian was the”Child of the Gods” and it was so worshipped on the banks of the Nile. This meant that the Egyptian people considered that the Abyssinian Cats were extremely special creatures and they therefore looked after their Cats well, with Abyssinian Cats often being portrayed as sacred beings in Ancient Egyptian art and legend.
Common Name: Abyssinian
Average Size (L): 60cm (2ft)
Average Weight: 4.5kg (10lbs)
Average Lifespan: 15 years
Average Litter Size: 6
Colour: Fawn, Red, Blue, Grey
Temperament: Intelligent and curious
Distinctive Features:Characteristics unique to this animal Silky fur and almond shaped eyes