Turkish Angora Cat Breed Information

Learn all about Turkish Angora Cats, read about the Turkish Angora Breed information, find out about the Turkish Angora Breed Standard, Turkish Angora behavior and lots more about Turkish Angoras.

Turkish Angora Cat Breed Introduction

The Turkish Angora cat breed is known for their beautiful, usually white, fur. But these beauties have a rugged history in the mountains of Turkey.

Turkish Angora Behavior/Personality

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

Some people claim that Turkish Angoras are comfortable around water, and can even bathe with people. After all, the Turkish Angora is related to the Turkish Van, which is known as the "swimming breed." It is also said that the Turkish Angora breed is not given to being held, but is otherwise affectionate. Some people also warn against the danger of allowing these sharp-toothed cats near tantalizing dangling electrical lines.

Turkish Angora Breed Standard/Physical Description

Here are some facts on the Turkish Angora breed based on information in Wikipedia, March 2006, and the Cat Fanciers' Association's breed standard.

  • Head: wide, long
  • Ears: large, pointed
  • Eyes: blue, amber, or green-or a combination, sometimes with one eye one color and the other eye another color
  • Body: medium-sized, fine-boned
  • Legs: long, with back legs longer than front legs
  • Paws: round, small
  • Tail: long, tapered, full-furred
  • Coat: medium-long, silky-textured, and usually white, though other colors and patters also exist

Turkish Angora History

Source: Wikipedia (March 2006)

True to the breed's name, the Turkish Angora originated in Turkey. The speculation is that the Turkish cats were descended from cats brought from Egypt by traders. Isolated in mountainous areas of Turkey, the cats developed long hair, eventually forming the basis for breeds such as the Turkish Angora and the Turkish Van. These longhair cats arrived in Europe centuries ago, perhaps as early as the Crusades of the 1300s, and certainly by the end of the 1500s. By the 1600s, the Turkish Angora was already considered a distinct breed within Europe.

In 1917, with the emergence of modern Turkey, there was renewed interest in the breed within that country. The Ankara National Zoo began a breeding program for Turkish Angora cats with white fur and blue or amber eyes. The breed came to the United States in the 1960s and was recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association in the 1970s.

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