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To breed these true, it is well to procure imported or pedigree stock,

for many cats are bred in England from ordinary tabbies, that so nearly

resemble Abyssinian in colour as scarcely to be distinguished from the

much-prized foreigners. The males are generally of a darker colour than

the females, and are mostly marked with dark-brown bands on the

forehead, a black band along the back which ends at the tip of the tail,

with which it is annulated. The ticking should be of the truest kind,

each hair being of three distinct colours, blue, yellow, or red, and

black at the points, the cushions of the feet black, and back of the

hind-legs. Choose a female, with either more red or yellow, the markings

being the same, and, with care in the selection, there will be some very

brilliant specimens. Eyes bright orange-yellow.