I am partial to Abyssinians and have one called Shadow. He sits here next to the keyboard and watches what goes on on the monitor, or generally just gets in the way.
The following comes from the Abyssinians.org website:
What Is An Abyssinian Cat?
The Cats Of Egypt Abyssinians and Egyptian Maus do have something in common. They are both natural breeds of domesticated cats, and are believed to have originated from Egypt. Paintings and sculptures by ancient Egyptians portrayed the Abyssinian as a colorful, elegant cat, with a beautifully arched neck and muscular body. Today's Abyssinian is remarkably similar to the Sacred Cat of Egypt.
History However, recent discoveries indicate another possibility, that India may be the origin of the Abyssinian cat, so the legends which surround Abyssinian history are as colorful as the cat itself. The British did much to develop the Abyssinian cat that we know today. Abyssinians are one of the oldest recognized breeds, being accepted for showing in Britain in 1882. In 1909, the first Abyssinians were imported to the United States, and in 1917, the first Abyssinian was registered by an American association. The breed was all but forgotten until 1934, when more Abyssinians were imported. California saw its first Abyssinians imported in 1949. By the 1990s the Abyssinian has become the most popular shorthair breed of cats in the United States.
A Pedigreed Show Cat Abyssinians are accepted by The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA - the largest and oldest pedigreed cat registry in the world) for championship competition in four colors: ruddy, red, blue and fawn. A ruddy Abyssinian has a brilliant orange-brown (burnt sienna) ground color with ticking of black or dark brown (ticking refers to a band, or bands, of color on the hair shaft). The red Abyssinian has a warm, glowing red ground color with ticking of chocolate. The blue Abyssinian has a warm cream to beige ground color with soft blue-grey ticking. The fawn Abyssinian has a warm rose-beige ground color with light cocoa brown ticking.
Appearance Physically, the Abyssinian is a medium-sized cat, tremendously powerful, yet lithe and graceful, and regal in bearing. Its moderately wedgeshaped head is framed with large, alert ears. The eyes are large and almond-shaped, in gold or green color. Striking tabby markings around the eyes accentuate the typical Abyssinian expression - at once sweet and wild.
The Abyssinian's head sits on an elegantly arched neck which leads to a hard, muscular body. Its legs are slim and fine-boned, ending in small, oval, compact paws which give the impression that the cat is standing on tip-toes. The coat is silky, dense and resilient.
The Abyssinian Personality An Abyssinian is an interactive and intelligent cat, and is devoted to its family. It is playful, inventive, and in continuous motion (that is, always busy). Yet an Abyssinian is sensitive to its person's every mood, and is an attentive and expressive companion, communicating with an unique, soft and musical voice, often barely audible.