The Abyssinian–Adal war was a military conflict between the Ethiopian Empire and the Adal Sultanate that took place from 1529 until 1543.

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Initially the Abyssinian came in the spotlight at the Crystal Palace Cat Show in 1871 where it became a true sensation of this exhibition. Its specimen took third place and its first thorough description appeared in the report on this Cat Show on January 27, 1872. The breed was said to be «captured in the late Abyssinian War» and therefore it was granted with its current nickname.
Due to the absence of written evidence exact lineage of the Abyssinian can be hardly determined. Rumours have it that it initially belonged to pharaohs as images of ancient Egyptian cats bear strong resemblance with a modern version of the breed. Other experts suggest that it was produced in Britain by mating silver and brown tabbies with cats that possessed «ticked» coats.
The recent genetic research proved that the Abyssinian came to existence in Indian Ocean coastal regions and areas of Southeast Asia. Evidently it were British and Dutch traders who transported its first specimens from marine ports such Calcutta, India, or the islands of Indonesia to their native countries.
In 30s of the XIX century taxidermied cat with protruding ears and singular coloration was exhibited at the Leiden Zoological Museum in the Netherlands. The sign under the exhibit said «Patrie, domestica India», which provided actual evidence to the theory of the Indian origin of the Abyssinian. It’s known that in the early years of its presence in European countries the breed was crossed with non-Abyssinian cats, which can be attributed to the desire to insert more variety to its coat colours and to make its hair a bit longer.
The Abyssinian made its way to America in the early XX century but its systematic breeding wasn’t initiated in the USA until 30s of the XX century when lots of its members were brought to this country from Britain. The Second World War almost drove this breed to extinction. For example, in England only about 10 specimens outlasted the hardships of the wartime. Fortunately its stable population in America served as a foundation stock for its restoration and nowadays it enjoys the world-wide popularity.

The Abyssinian Cats has a very high potential for playfulness.
Of all the cat breeds, the Abyssinian is perhaps the one who lives life to the fullest. He climbs higher, jumps farther, plays harder. Nothing escapes the notice of this highly intelligent and inquisitive cat, a quality that makes life with him both endlessly entertaining and continuously challenging.

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