The Abyssinian is a colorful cat with a distinctly ticked coat, medium in size. The ears are large and moderately pointed; broad, and cupped at the base. The eyes are large and almond shaped. A fine dark line, encircled by a light colored area should accentuate the eyes. The color of the eyes can be either gold or green. The body is medium long, lithe, graceful with well developed musculature that is not coarse. The tail is fairly long, thick at the base, and tapering. The coat is soft, silky, fine in texture, but dense and resilient to the touch. The ticking, distinct and even, shows dark colored bands contrasting with lighter colored bands on the hair shafts.