THE ABYSSINIANThe Abyssinian is an agouti ticked tabby cat infour colors – ruddy, red, blue and fawn.The agouti ticked tabby gene originatedin India and/or Madagascar and spread to Agouti Tickingthe Middle Eastern countries via overlandtrade caravans and to northern Europe via ship.Abyssinians were first exported to North America in theearly 1900’s.The first known mention of an Abyssinian entry at a catshow is at the Crystal Palace show in London, England inDecember, 1871.
THE ABYSSINIANThe Abyssinian is a colorful cat,distinctly ticked, medium inbody, regal, lithe, muscular,balanced temperamentally andphysically, with all elements ofthe cat in proportion.The Abyssinian is interested inanything - and everything -around them and is very active.
THE ABYSSINIANBalance is of major importance, as no one feature has moreemphasis than another:Head is 30%(including eye color)Body is 30%Color is 30%(divided equally betweencolor and ticking)10% is coat texture (itemized separately to emphasize this)
THE ABYSSINIANIf viewed a different way:Put coat, color, ticking andeye color together for 50%and the other 50% isconformation of head, body,and extremities. The Abyssinian is a proportioned cat with all elements in balance and harmony.
THE ABYSSINIANNo one element is more important than another.
THE ABYSSINIANHEAD:The ideal Abyssinian headis a modified wedge, gentlyrounded with width betweenthe ears and breadth to the skull.
THE ABYSSINIANCOMMON HEAD FAULTS:Penalize a head that is too short and round, or too longand narrow. Head too narrow Head too round
THE ABYSSINIANMUZZLE:Common undesirabletraits: Whisker Pinch, Weak Chin• Pinched whisker pads• Chin too strong or too weak• A muzzle that is “boxy” ortoo narrow Narrow Muzzle
THE ABYSSINIANUNDESIRABLE >Planes on the head that areflattened on the nose, theforehead or the tophead. < CORRECT PROFILE Gentle curve to the nose, into a rounded tophead.
THE ABYSSINIANEARS:The ears are large, broad andcupped at the base. The earset is forward “set as thoughlistening”. Good ear set on each of these catsTufts are desirable, thoughnot mandatory.
THE ABYSSINIANEARS: Undesirable traits• Ears that are too close together• Ears that are too low• Ears that are too vertical Ears too close together• Ears that are too small• Ears that are too narrow at base Ears too low Ears are too narrow at base, and too vertical
THE ABYSSINIANEYES:Large and almond-shapedAccentuated by circles oflighter fur around them like Good facial markings around eyesmascara markings. Good eye shape and set
THE ABYSSINIANEYES: Undesirable traits• Eyes that are too round Eyes too slanted• Eyes that are too small• Eyes that are too slanted Eyes too small• No facial markings to outline the eye. Eyes too round
THE ABYSSINIANTOPHEAD:Rounded. Rounded TopheadA flat tophead looksawkward and takes awayfrom the desired roundedeffect. Slightly Rounded TopheadEars that are also too lowenhance the flatness of thetophead. Flat Tophead
THE ABYSSINIANBODY:The body is allotted 30% ofthe points in the standard.The torso is deeper than itis wide. The line of theback is level or has a slightupward curve and the lineof the stomach is essentiallylevel WITHOUT A TUCK.The body is never Oriental.
THE ABYSSINIANBODY:Muscularity is crucial –the ideal Abyssinian is anextraordinary athlete.The well-developedmuscularity should beapparent both to the handand the eye.
THE ABYSSINIANBODY: Oriental body type. Chunky body type. Long in the body Short in the body
THE ABYSSINIANLEGS and FEET:The legs and feet areproportional to the body andare of approximately equallength to the body and the tail.The key here is proportional.TAIL:The tail is thick at the base andtapers. It should be at least aslong as the body.
THE ABYSSINIANTAIL FAULTS:A tail that is too short andstubby, or too slender atthe base, or to “whippy,” isnot correct.Tail faults of any kind,whether at the base, themiddle or the end of the Short tail.tail, are a disqualification. Note appropriate oval paws
THE ABYSSINIANCOAT:The texture of the coat is 10 points.The coat on an Abyssinian is difficult to explain.It is dense, soft, and resilient in feel.If the coat approaches the stiff coarse feel of theAmerican Shorthair, or the downy softness of the BritishShorthair, or the short, flat, and slick quality of theoriental breeds, it is incorrect.
THE ABYSSINIANCOAT LENGTH:The ideal Abyssinian coatis medium in length, longenough to accommodate2-3 bands of ticking.The coat should not beshort and close lying tothe body. Good coat length
THE ABYSSINIANCOLOR: The Abyssinian in shown in 4 colors: Ruddy, Red,Blue and Fawn. Ruddy Blue Red Fawn
THE ABYSSINIANCOAT COLOR: RuddyBase coat is orangey red orbrown red with darker brownor black bands of color. Nogray color at the base of thehair shaft. The belly colorshould be the same as theundercoat color.Tail tip: Black or dark brownPaw pads: Black or brownNose leather: Tile red
THE ABYSSINIANCOAT COLOR: RedCoat is rich orangey red orbrown red color ticked withchocolate brown. Theundercoat is the sameorangey red or brown redcolor. The belly is the samecolor as the undercoat.Tail tip: Chocolate brownPaw pads: PinkNose leather: Rosy pink
THE ABYSSINIANCOAT COLOR: BlueWarm blue-grey colorwith ticking bands inshades of slate blue.Undercoat is blush beige,with no white or gray.Belly is the same color asthe undercoat.Tail tip: Slate bluePaw pads: PinkNose leather: Old rose
THE ABYSSINIANCOAT COLOR: FawnWarm beige color withticking bands in shades oflight cocoa brown.Undercoat is blush beigewith no white or gray.Belly is the same color asthe undercoat.Tail tip: Cocoa brownPaw pads: PinkNose leather: Salmon
THE ABYSSINIANTICKING:Ticking is the banding of all guardhairs on the Abyssinian. The idealcoat has room for at least 3-5changes in color on each hair of theback and sides. The changes incolor should be easily seen. Thebelly hair is ticked in lighter shades.If you cannot see the changes in color, the cat has novisible ticking and that is incorrect.
THE ABYSSINIANCOAT and COLOR FAULTS:Cold gray tones at the base of thecoat – commonly called “mousecoat.” White undercoat on blue andfawn.Lockets – white spot in the throat orchest area.Dark broken necklaces in the throat Locket,area and barring on the legs. andNOTE: Unbroken necklaces are a necklacesdisqualification.
THE ABYSSINIANCOAT and COLOR FAULTS:Off-color paw pads.White is allowed on the nostril,chin and throat area.White should not extend from White not confined to chin/nostrilthe chin to the side of the face, and too low on throat areanor should it be too low downon the throat area.
THE ABYSSINIANA NOTE ON CLARITY:While there are no points perse in the standard for clarity,keep in mind that the penalizesection addresses barring onlegs, dark broken necklacemarkings, and rings on tail.Clarity is a “decision maker.”If you have two cats you likeequally well, the clarity of coat An example of absolute claritycolor, the ticking, and the lackof barring can be used tobreak the tie.
THE ABYSSINIANHANDLING:Let the Abyssinianshow itself off for you.Put “four on the floor”and evaluate theoverall cat as yourrhythm dictates.
THE ABYSSINIANHANDLING:Pay special attention tothe coat, color and theticking.
THE ABYSSINIANHANDLING:When you are done withyour examination, taketime to look at the balanceof the cat.There should not be onepart that overshadows therest.