The Abyssinian breed is characterized by a ticked coat, with each hair showing three distinct bands of dark markings. These cats are similar in appearance to the sacred cats portrayed in Egyptian culture. The appearance of these cats is both lithe and sleek, with the latter feature emphasized by their short, glossy coats. The Abyssinian cats are generally not such prolific breeders as other cats. They are very popular as pets and their lively, affectionate personalities guarantee them attention.