Abyssinian coats can sometimes be confused with tabbies but they stand out with their ticked coats, which are smooth and feel silky to touch. The ticked pattern is unmistakable, as is the resilience of the coats. However, the “agouti” or ticked pattern, the coat and their disproportionately cute features are not the only distinct differences.
Cat Fanciers can spot an Abyssinian from a mile away but a beginner to the breed might need some help, even with those big pointy ears as clues! Like all breeds, the Abyssinian has evolved over time, adapting to new environments and genetic mutations. There have been subtle and significant changes, both in physical characteristics and personality traits. Because of the widespread popularity of the breed, there are many Abyssinian mix breeds as well. So how do you spot a purebred Abyssinian?