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The Turkish Angora Cat

Turkish Angora portraitPortrait of a Turkish Angora Cat

The Turkish Angora cat is an ancient, naturally occurring breed, originally from the Angora or Ankara region of Turkey. They are classic, elegant and wonderful companions.

In the 16th century Turkish 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 from the 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, the Turkish Angora will happily take to your lap, but would like a little activity first, and definately enjoys the outdoors.

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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The Turkish Angora cat has a warm, gentle personality and is quite cat-like. 

They are an excellent choice for singles and calm households and can excel as loving companions. 

Angora cats are happy to play, equally happy to relax and not particularly demanding of time! 

These are slender, small-sized cats that have few breed-related health issues, but deafness is common in blue-eyed individuals. 

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 noisy environments. 

There are better choices for young, enthusiastic children. (check out kid-friendly cat breeds).

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 moderate grooming

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

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Turkish Angora Kittens!Turkish Angora Kittens!

Turkish Angora kittens are busy and active, but tend to be thoughtful and gentle too. 

They are, however, so curious and playful they may put themselves in dangerous situations until they learn their limitations. 

Kitten-proofing is definitely recommended for anyone considering adopting or purchasing any kitten. 

High furniture should be off limits, caution should be taken when holding these 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.

In 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.

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Head 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.

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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.


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  • Though the classic Turkish Angora is gleaming white with blue or odd colored eyes, the breed standard allows for more than twenty colors including calico, tabby, black, and parti-color.
  • Having two different colored eyes – called “odd-eyed” – is common and actually desireable in this breed.
  • Some blue-eyed cats may be deaf, and some odd-eyed cats are deaf in the ear on the same side of the head as the blue-eye!

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