It has been said that the Abyssinian is descended from the Sacred Cat of Egypt. And, there is a remarkable resemblance between the Abyssinian and cats depicted in ancient Egyptian art. But, whatever their ancient beginnings may have been, the modern Abyssinians that we see today can trace their beginnings to England where an intensive breeding program was begun in the late 1800's. The breed made its way to the United States in the early 1950's.
The coat and face are the most distinguishing characteristics of the Abyssinian as a breed. They have a sweet expressive face with dramatic facial markings that often give the appearance of a miniature cougar. Their coat is ticked much like a squirrel or rabbit and is soft, silky, dense and resilient.