Body is long, lean and muscular on fine-boned, long legs. Wedge-shaped head, expressive almond-shaped eyes and oversized pointed ears and tabby “M” on the forehead. Coat sports a ticked or agouti pattern highlighted by alternating bands of color on the hair shafts that give off a translucent quality.
Tuxedo cats are most often one of, or a mix of, the following breeds: Maine Coon. American Shorthair. British Shorthair.
There are four colors in the Abyssinian breed. The original, or wild, color is known as ruddy. In this case the darker bands of color are dark sepia to black and the lighter bands a bright orange, giving the impression of a burnt sienna iridescent cat.
Among the most popular cat breeds, the Abyssinian is easy to care for, and a joy to have in your home. They’re affectionate cats and love both people and other animals.
Regardless of where they come from, Abyssinian cats are known as the smartest cat breed due to their inquisitive nature and top-notch detective skills. They are incredibly independent, and they enjoy mind-stimulating activities like puzzle toys.
Abyssinians are affectionate but aren’t cuddly cats.
Tuxies are the strongest swimmers of all domestic felines, but heaven help the human who tries to get them into the water. Tuxedo cat owners have also been known to describe their cats as more intelligent than cats with any other coat pattern. Some say tuxies are up to 200% smarter than other cats!
Tuxedo cats are now one of the most recognizable types of felines, but they are still relatively rare. In fact, less than five per cent of all cats are born with the distinctive black and white markings of a tuxedo cat.
To be considered a true tuxedo cat, the feline’s coloring should consist of a solid black coat, with white fur limited to the paws, belly, chest, throat, and often the chin, although many tuxedo cats appear to sport goatees, due to the black coloration of their mandible—that is, the lower jaw and chin.
Personality and Temperament
The Abyssinian rather enjoys interaction with people and other animals. They love to show affection with a very soft purr, but they are not lap cats as they like to stay active. However, they do like to be rubbed down with a chamois cloth, and they will give you a pleasing purr in exchange.
Abys have a distinctive wildcat look with their ticked coat and large erect ears. They are a highly social breed and can be demanding of attention. They do well in multi-cat households due to their social nature. Not a snuggly lap cat, Abyssinians are in constant motion, either exploring or playing.
Being such sociable creatures, Abys do not typically do well with being left alone for long periods of time. Even when you must leave them for just a few hours, it’s always a good idea to provide a few extra toys or games, or hide treats around the house to entertain your cat—a bored Aby can become a destructive Aby.
The most affectionate cat breeds- Ragdoll. These cats are considered ‘puppy cats’ because they have dog-like traits, including wanting to play and cuddle with their owner.
Persian. The Persian is a placid breed that is prone to bursts of kitten-like energy.
They are not particularly loud and although they are chatty, it’s a quiet chirrup rather than jarring yowl. The Abyssinian is however quite a demanding cat to live with.
Despite their hyperactive temperament, they remain very affectionate cats. They love to be stroked and taken into your arms for long cuddles. The Abyssinian can be a bit mistrustful of people they don’t know but will be very loving with the humans they like.
10 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds- 01 of 10. Abyssinian. Thomas Leirikh / Getty Images.
02 of 10. Balinese. aleishaknight / Getty Images.
03 of 10. Bengal. Seregraff / Getty Images.
04 of 10. Burmese. The Spruce / Kristie Lee.
05 of 10. Cornish Rex. wildcat78 / Getty Images.
06 of 10. Havana Brown.
07 of 10. Korat.
08 of 10. Savannah.
7 Most Intelligent Cat Breeds- #1 - Abyssinian. An adult Abyssinian cat lying down looking out of the window.
#2 - Siamese. A Siamese Cat lying down having a deserved rest.
#3 - Bengal. A very clever and sociable Bengal Cat.
#4 - Burmese.
#6 - Savannah.
#7 - Scottish Fold.
You can get into the habit of brushing your cat’s teeth yourself (if your cat will let you; Abyssinians notoriously don’t like to be handled). Though Abyssinians love their humans deeply, they aren’t so keen on being picked up or cuddled.
Getting an Abyssinian cat in NZ: Are they aggressive? Abys generally aren’t aggressive. However, they can be territorial and since they’re so loyal to their owners they tend to be protective over one human more than others. Abys that do show aggression sometimes do so from loneliness.
Abyssinian cats can suffer from an inherited disease called pyruvate kinase deficiency that can cause anaemia. A reliable test is available for this and prospective owners should ask breeders if their cats have been tested and are clear of the problem.
Tuxedo Cats Have Magical Powers…Maybe
It’s said that during a vernal or diurnal equinox, tuxedo cats become virtually invisible due to the colors of their coats. Completely disregarding the physics of light and shadow, some believe this phenomenon is actually proof of Tuxies’ magical powers!
Bicolor cats that are black and white are sometimes called “magpies”. The cream and white bicolor cat is the rarest of the bicolors, while the black and white or “blue” (grey) and white are the most common.
The fictional comic strip cat named Garfield is an orange Persian Tabby. Although the comic doesn’t portray any fine details such as fur texture and volume, it is obvious that Garfield is a Persian Tabby, just judging by his personality, facial features, and of course his fur pattern.
Most owners of tuxedo cats will tell you that these felines are some of the friendliest and most sociable cats you’ll come across.
Although ’tuxedo cats’ make up around 75% of all cats worldwide, they’re also the most unpopular to adopt.