Abyssinians are one of the most popular shorthair breeds in the world. These cats are characterized by ticked colors – more than one coat colors, and immediately groups of shades. Pure color without “jewelry” is visible only on the tail, fore and hind legs, spine.
Generally recognized colors
The peculiarity of Abyssinian cats – they are not born with a “ready” color. The final suit is manifested with the growth of the animal: kittens are darker than adults. The breed is also characterized by multidimensional coat color: at the base, each hair is light and closer to the tip gets a darker color. By tonality wool can be divided into 3-4 zones.
Association of Cat Lovers (the largest association in the world for owners of breeding animals) allows only four colors Abyssinians. These are “rosy”, blue, “faun” (“deer”) and Sorrel.
The most common suit of representatives of the breed. Ticked color, the owners of which are characterized by the following:
- The predominant shade is saturated tan.
- The base of each hair is light. The tip of the hairs is black. Each hair is ticked.
- Dark brown, almost black legs.
- Spout – brick (reddish-red) shade.
The second most common color for Abyssinian cats. Blue – conditional name: cat’s coat can visually determine how gray-beige with silver tint. It seems that the grayish coat of the animal is highlighted from the inside with soft beige by the light.
This effect gives a ticked, multidimensional color of the hairs. At the bases are light, beige or creamy pink. To the tip the hair darkens – smoothly acquires silver-blue, and then dark gray tone. An exception for multidimensional coloring is “palms” and “heels” of the animal. They should be dark gray.
Cats of the blue suit:
By the name you can judge that this is a gentle fawn cat, beige color with a dark cinnamon pattern. Coloring “faun” – one of the rarest among representatives of the Abyssinian breed.
The hairs of such cats at the base are light fawn, light beige or pinkish beige. To the tip gradually darken until warm dark brown, cocoa. Skin on the nose paw pads – pinkish or dark cream. Color “deer” in Abyssinians appreciated for the feline pink glow effect fur coats.
Fawn suit cats:
Sorrel (bay, sorrel)
This suit is one of the most common among Abyssinians. Visually, the animal’s hair looks golden, richly copper. On top of this beautiful color – as if chocolate spraying.
Ticked wool at the base is tan (this gives the effect of “copper” or “gold”). To the tip of the hair changes the tone to brown, rich chocolate.
The back of the animal’s legs, “palms” and “heels” – are solid, shade of cocoa. The nose is pinkish.
Although the Cat Lovers Association recognizes only four suits Abyssinians, representatives of the breed may have other colors, not less beautiful and multi-dimensional.
Ancient annals indicate that silver is the earliest color abyssinian cat. But since centuries ago there was no high-quality photographic equipment, it is difficult to judge that It was a suit. This is the main reason why The Association does not include it among the standard for the Abyssinian breed.
For modern silver Abyssinians, a ticked wool with a transition from silver gray to black. At the base hair almost unpigmented, gray with shiny steel low tide. To the tip, it darkens to black. The transition is not looks contrasting – light gray, beige is visible on the hair, dark cream and cinnamon range.
Paws in silver cats are colored evenly, monotonously – in black color. The nose color changes from dark pink to brackish red depending on the saturation of the suit.
Often, silver Abyssinians are born with defects – spots, stripes on the wool. Find an animal of perfect suit “silver” – a rarity these days. The color of the additional gradient in depending on the prevailing colors in the tick:
- “Blue Silver”. The base is white, gray. At the tip of the hair – blue-gray color. It gives a silver blue effect spraying on a fur coat.
- “Fawn silver.” The base of the hair is silver, white. The tip is dark beige, dark fawn. Spray tone – soft yellowish gray, yellowish blue.
- “Oxal silver.” At the base, the coat is silver, then turns into a cold chocolate color. Coat spraying tone – peach with a silvery sheen.
Despite being unrecognized, one of the most common suits of the Abyssinians. In such animals, the base of the hairs is copper, golden. Then – the apricot transition to saturated dark chocolate tone. All legs are solid cocoa. Visual effect – a coat of a bright copper shade with chocolate by spraying.
Again, the name is conditional – the cat is not covered with lilac with hair. Her fur coat is a soft, warm gray tone. Purple effect created due to ticked hair tonality.
The base of the coat is pale cream, creamy pink. Further – pink transition to gray, “pigeon” tone. Paw pads, lobe the nose of such animals is mauve.
Fancy Lilac Abyssinians: