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Abyssinian Cat

HISTORY Zula was the first documented Abyssinian cat. Brought to England from the British held territory of Abyssinia, now known as Ethiopia, in 1868 by Lt. General Sir Robert Napier, Zula (named for an Abyssinian town) won 3rd prize in the December 1871 Crystal Palace cat show. Dr. William Gordon Stables later described the breed in his 1876 book, Cats: Their Points and Characteristics, With Curiosities of Cat Life, and a Chapter on Feline Ailments (London: Dean & Smith). Earlier thought to have originated from Abyssinia, recent genetic studies show that the breed probably originated from the area of the Indian Ocean and

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