It originated by mistake. A woman was trying to invent a new kind of Siamese kittens, an Aby-pointed Siamese. She tried that by breeding seal-point Siamese to an Abyssinian, that’s with the black spots on every hair. The first kittens were phenotypically Abyssinian. But she tried and tried again and she finally got spotted kitten. That was the one she was looking for but this was something neat. It was a wild looking cat that people would enjoy.
So, she also introduced the other breed, the American Shorthair. By introducing that, she got the silver color, striping, and a place with spots. So it’s still a fairly new breed. That was 1964 and their very robust, meaning that they’re strong cat because they got the best out of the three breeds: the American Shorthair, the Abyssinian, and the Siamese.
They got the best out of everything. They’re very dog-like where they like to fetch, they’ll come when they’ll called. They hate to be alone so I suggest people have other pets: birds, dogs, cats. If there are ways a lot I sort of tell people don’t buy one because they really hate to be alone. They travel like a dog in a car. I put a little box behind the seat and they’ll travel up back in the back window or up on my knee. They’re very good travellers.
This is an indoor cat. They’re such great hunters that you would just lose them if you let them outside and they may got hurt, hit by traffic or something going after a bird. They are so active and athletic, and very talkative. Each one has a different voice. I can tell their voice from a different room. I know which cat is talking to me. If I call them, they will answer and come running. I love their personalities.
They love small children. I don’t have any small children at home but when people come to see the kittens, small children don’t bother them at all. In fact, they are amazed. They think they’re someone closer to their size. They’re very active cats so when the child plays, runs, that’s what they love. They loved to run hundred miles an hour and then stop, come and sleep on your knee and they’ll go racing around again.
They’ve been known to living 18 years. Very little brushing and grooming is required. A fine steel comb to get any loose hairs and a soft shimmy that you would use on the car, that’s all that they need. I just love the breed and I’ve got a house full of them. My husband’s slightly allergic. He sneezes a little, his eyes run, but he can’t part with them either.