In the 16th century
Sultans presented these beautiful cats to French and English nobility
as diplomatic gifts of friendship
The gifts were greatly
appreciated as Turkish
Angoras were most likely the first long-haired
cats ever seen in Europe.
Angoras became wildly
popular among the European elite and were symbols of status,
particularly in France and Germany, until Persian cats arrived with an
even fuller coat and
more exotic appearance.
Although the name "Angora"
is sometimes used to describe
any long-haired cat, the true Turkish Angora is quite a different cat
Persian, both in body style, head structure and personality.
The head is angular with
no snub to the nose, the structure is slim, agile and long-limbed, and
the personality is alert,
busy and very cat-like.
Lean, lithe and athletic,
Turkish Angora will happily take to your lap,
but would like a little activity first, and definately
In addition to being more
active and a little less cuddly than the Persian, the Angora cat
requires much less grooming. The coat is silky and straight and has no
undercoat so only moderate but regular attention is required, and the
time required still needs to be considered.
Sometimes a little shy, always gentle and eternally gorgeous, the Turkish Angora is one of the true icons of the cat world.
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ancient gorgeoussweet medium talkative great for singleslong coat average shedding just a little special care required
Turkish Angora cat has a warm, gentle personality and is quite cat-like.
an excellent choice for singles and calm households and can excel as
Angora cats are happy
to play, equally happy to relax and not particularly demanding of
These are slender, small-sized cats that have few
breed-related health issues, but deafness is common in blue-eyed
Because it is fairly active and desires interaction, the
Turkish Angora can be a nice cat for the right family but it is very
sensitive to rough or boisterous handling, and
There are better choices for young, enthusiastic
children. (check out kid-friendly
The Turkish Angora cat is
recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), the world's largest
cat organization. It is a relatively common pure-bred or "pedigreed"
domestic cat breed.
Although the classic Turkish Angora cat is pure white with blue eyes, the
breed standard actually allows for over
twenty different colors and coat patterns.
Even calico and tabby!
The breed developed relatively naturally without a great deal
of human tinkering so the semi-long and silky coat requires only
The lovely appearance and personality of this cat have been
relatively unchanged for centuries and with good reason.
As one of the oldest breeds in existence, the Turkish Angora is truely a premier domestic companion and one of the most recognizable pure-bred cats in the world.. -Turkish Angora Cat Facts
kittens are busy and active but tend to be thoughtful and gentle too.
are so curious and playful they may put themselves in precarious
situations until they learn their limitations.
is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing
High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken
when holding these wriggly little youngsters, particularly when
carrying them across hard wood or tile floors, and spaces under
counters and doors should be blocked off as they have a very strong
urge to explore.
Appearance, the Turkish Angora kitten looks a bit different from an adult.
They tend to be rounder and fluffier when in their first weeks, and
then go through a bit of a gangly, teen-age stage at around five months
before becoming the ravishing creatures they were destined to be at
about one year old.
Although it is a very well-known breed, they are not always readily available and one looking for an Angora kitten to buy may have to search a bit to find an Angora breeder.
Shape: The head should be small to medium in size
proportion to the body. The forehead is long and smooth, chin firm and
rounded, high cheekbones. The ears are wide, tall, pointed and with
tufts desirable. The eyes are almond shaped,slanted and very large. The
desired color is amber, but blue and odd-eyed cats are often seen in
the white color and odd-eyed are often highly prized.
Body and Tail: The body should be slim, long, and strong. Back limbs slightly longer than front. Long legs with medium size, well-knuckled feet. The feet have long feathering between the toes. The tail is long, straight, narrow and well-feathered, almost plume-like.
Coat: The coat should be full and medium-long, longer on the ruff, tail and thighs. The hair is generally straight but tends to waves on the belly.
Pattern: Solid colors and white with blue, black, cream or red. Solid white is the classic look.
Overall Appearance: This is a medium size cat with a long, slender and graceful appearance. The fur is silky and feathery with beautiful sheen.