Get to know the Abyssinian
All you need to know about the breed
The elegant, long-limbed Abyssinian is a pleasure to behold. The breed makes for a superb pet, with their fierce loyalty to family and the ability to get along with everyone in their midst, human and animal. Of medium build, they are marked by a ticked coat, one that’s been called wash-and-wear for its quite short hair. Often called “the supermodels of the cat world” for their lean and graceful bodies, the Abyssinian surprisingly has a much heavier constitution than their looks would indicate.
Abyssinian behaviour is typified by intense curiosity and a cool intelligence. With the breed having been in existence for thousands of years, who wouldn’t be comfortable in their own skin?
The health of the Abyssinian cat is a fairly streamlined one, too. The breed is playful well into their adult years, but their high athleticism nonetheless may at times cause knee or joint conditions.
That athleticism usually plays itself out in their favorite activity: Jumping! The higher, the better. Don’t be shocked if your Abyssinian wants to perch on your shoulder or is spotted on the tippy-top of the bookshelf on a regular basis. They seem very at home ruling the roost and reaching the highest point possible in the house.
Abyssinians have been dubbed the “Clowns of the Cat Kingdom” for their hijinks and fun behaviour. A combination of their high activity level and a demand for attention, any way you slice it, they’ll outwit you if you let them.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Abyssinian
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