The Abyssinian /æbɪˈsɪniən/ is a breed of domestic short-haired cat with a distinctive “ticked” tabby coat, in which individual hairs are banded with different colors. It is a very popular breed, in large part to their unusual intelligence, generally extroverted and very playful personalities.


The Abyssinian is one of the oldest known breeds of cats. It was initially believed that the Abyssinian originated from Ethiopia (formerly Abyssinia). However, the most recent studies by geneticists show that the Abyssinian more likely originated from the coast of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia. The earliest identifiable Abyssinian is located in the Leiden Zoological Museum in Holland. This taxidermal exhibit shows a ruddy ticked cat purchased around 1834 -1 836 from a supplier of small wild cat exhibits. The museum labeled this specimen as “Patrie, domestica India.”

The Abyssinian Cat breed was refined in England. It is believed that its introduction to England was through the travels of colonists and merchants stopping in Calcutta. Abyssinian Cats were imported to North America in the 1930s and were the foundation of today’s North American breeding programs.

“Abyssinians want to be involved with their people. They like to supervise, offer suggestions and just overall try to be very helpful.”


  • Very social and people-oriented, in possession of refined human watching skills

  • Very outgoing nature, and has quite a bit to say, but with soft voices

  • They adore attention and are extremely affectionate and friendly towards their people – they are lap cats!

  • Very helpful around the house, specializing in making beds, kitchen taste tester, hiding objects and causing general mayhem

  • A very active cat, the Abyssinian lives life to the fullest which makes living with an Aby highly entertaining – never a dull moment!

  • They are trainable – for example, walking on a leash or playing fetch…

  • Aby’s love to carry things around in their mouths (we lost a set of keys and a set of earbuds at different times for several days … they did eventually bring them back…)

  • They get along very well with dogs, however, it should be noted that “cats rule, dogs drool”. Your Aby will be the one in charge.