The Abyssinian Breeder Magazine

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The Abyssinian Breeder is an Abyssinian and Somali breed magazine, aimed primarily but by no means exclusively at Australian and New Zealand fanciers. It is an A4-sized black & white magazine, generally running to 40-50 pages, inaugurated in 1983 by George Kennedy and Robin Fisher, and now produced by just the former. It is mailed to subscribers in February and August each year, while in November a Guide to Breeding Abyssinians and Somalis in Australia and NZ is sent out. The "Guide", compiled from subscribers' inputs, is like a stud guide writ large, including not only male and female cats but also kittens being retained or acquired for breeding.

The Abyssinian Breeder provides Annual Awards, now in their 25th year, for Aby and Somali performance at all shows during a calendar year in Australia and New Zealand.

An extensive article on the genetics of Abyssinian and Somali coat colour and length inheritance appeared a few years back, updated from a decade earlier. In addition to explanatory details, tables are provided that show colour/coat length expectations from various matings. This article is available on-line (just click on the hyperlink above) and will be retained permanently on the site. Another article, illustrated and written in Europe a decade ago, discusses the desirable (and unwanted) characteristics of Abyssinians and Somalis; it can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: 1989 Sketches

Each issue of The Abyssinian Breeder features current standings in the Annual Awards; Aby and Somali results from virtually all shows around Australia and occasionally New Zealand; "Rising Stars" (current "promotions") and "Cats' Cradle" (litters on the ground and in the pipeline); news from around Australia and abroad; features on Abys of importance; photos; reprints of subscribers' cattery cards; and the usual features you expect to find in a breed magazine. As you can see by checking out the hyperlinks below, a lot of this is also available online.

In June 2004 a PK deficiency question and answer page was added, with questions produced through a collaborative international effort and answers provided by Dr Urs Giger, PhD MS FVH, Charlotte Newton Sheppard Professor of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. It was published in the August 2004 issue of The Abyssinian Breeder Magazine, and is accessible via the hyperlink below.

This page was last updated on 11-Feb-09


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