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One of the oldest known breeds, the Abyssinian was thought to originate in Egypt. Geneticists now believe the true origins are in parts of S.E. Asia and along the coast of the Indian Ocean. The Abyssinian was named after the first cat that was exhibited in England which had come from Ethiopia (formerly Abyssinia) in the nineteenth century. The Abyssinian is a well-balanced cat of foreign type, and medium build, regal in appearance, lithe, hard, and muscular with a well-ticked short coat. Should appear eager and active, shows a lively interest in its surroundings.