The breed’s origins are unclear but this cat possibly originates from areas that may include Egypt, Ethiopia, the west coast of India and islands off the east coast of Kenya or Asia. Abyssinian that was brought over to England via India that was shown at the 2nd National Cat Show at Crystal Palace, supporting the importation theory. The journey via India may account for India being seen as one original source of the this cat breed. This may in fact be the case. On the linked page, I stick my neck out and formulate a theory about the Origins of the Abyssinian cat . This seems to be incorrect!
Tabbies are found globally and they have a ticked coat. Thereafter, the argument goes, the markings were bred out and the color of the cat warmed up. This contradicts the other accounts. The Abyssinian is renown for its short agouti ticked coat and balanced conformation. As mentioned, the history of this breed is somewhat vague. The dates and events listed should be noted with caution as they are contradictory. All the theories are listed in brief to allow a full appraisal.
Abyssinia which contributed to the development of the breed but where not foundation cats. The history of Abyssinian cat in terms of breeding and goals for breeders, since the beginning of the 1900s, can be seen in comparing these two pictures. Another stark difference is the difference in the size of the ears. Modern cat breeders like to exaggerate ear size one way or the other to make the cat more outstanding. Ultra or flat faced Persian cat. The Abyssinian, although a so called natural breed has through breeder development lost her naturalness.
However, the colony of cats from these islands apparently resemble the Oriental Shorthair, a cat of very different appearance. On the basis of genetic make up this breed possibly originates from the west coast of India and Southeast Asia. See Origins of the Abyssinian cat for a theory. Dutch Museum purchased indicating that the cat was a domestic cat from India. The report said that the cat had been captured in the Abyssinian War. This must have referred to the Abyssinian Civil War of 1868-1872.
The English forces where in Abyssinia 1867-1868. Abyssinia as possible origin of this breed. Abyssinia is now Ethiopia, which is about 1000km south of Egypt on the African continent. Allegedly a kitten was imported from Egypt by a British soldier to England. The National Cat Club, England, register first Abyssinians. 12 more Abys registered in England. First few imports from England to US.
Further importations from England to USA. These were show quality Abyssinians, which formed the basis of the breeding program. Two Abyssinian cats are CFA registered. The breed began to gain in popularity. Abyssinian wins 2nd place Best All American Cat. Selective breeding to improve appearance of this cat.
In the UK, Abys suffered a setback with outbreak of FeLV. True pedigree of Abys recorded in UK to ensure true purebred. Allegedly still some wild Abyssinians in North Africa. As a little digression, this cat breed used to be called, and perhaps is still called in certain countries, by the name, Ethiopian cat. The name Algerian cat has also been used. The Abyssinian cat is a medium sized cat. The body is lithe, strong, muscular. The ears are large and set apart. The eyes are large and the outside edge should point towards the base of the ears. The Abyssinian is also people orientated and loyal. This cat likes to head-butt as a greeting, together with a special trill-meow. If an Aby likes to drink from a tap, you might consider getting a water fountain as I have read a story about a Bengal that drowned drinking from a tap because her lungs filled up with water. This is inherited from the wild cat who likes to be near water as it is a source of food in the wild.