Turkish Angoras are jewels in their homeland of Turkey, where they are known for their long, delicate, ballerina-like bodies and smooth, silky fur. Turkish Angoras, despite their fragile appearance, are active cats who can be affectionate with their owners and nice with youngsters or other pets. BUT she’ll let those other pets know who’s boss.
The Turkish Angora, unlike many other man-made cat varieties, is a naturally occurring breed that developed in Turkey probably during the 15th century. Nobody knows where they came from, but it’s thought they descended from the African wildcat, and their long, silky hair is the product of a spontaneous mutation.
Others claim the breed developed their longer coats to shield themselves from Ankara’s harsh, icy climate (formerly Angora). Despite these genesis stories, folklore has it that Turkish Angoras may have originated much earlier: Mohammad (the creator of Islam) loves cats and once chopped off his sleeve to avoid disturbing the Turkish Angora sleeping in his arms.
Because the first written mention of These cats dates back to 16th century France, it is widely assumed that Turkish Angoras first arrived in Britain and France in the late 15th century. The breed were transported to the Americas by the 17th century. Turkish Angoras were shown at some of the first cat exhibits in the late 19th century.
Persian breeders started including them into their breeding schemes. Unfortunately, this resulted in a decline in Turkish Angora populations throughout Europe. As a result, Turkish Angoras became national treasures, and a breeding program was developed at the Ankara Zoo to ensure their survival. American servicemen stationed in Turkey visited the zoo’s Turkish Angoras in the 1950s.
They sought to bring some home with them. Despite the breeding program’s reluctance to part with some of its cats, Colonel and Mrs. Walter Grant were given two cats. These cats established the American Turkish Angora breeding program. Many more Americans brought Turkish Angoras home over the years, spreading the breed across the country.
White they were accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1968; colorful Turkish Angoras were not accepted until 1978. Turkish Angoras are now recognized by the International Cat Fanciers Association, among other organizations.
The Turkish Angora is a graceful cat with delicate bone structure and long legs. They are well-muscled and athletic, capable of incredible jumping and climbing exploits. The ears have a lot of fur on them and are rather huge, usually held straight and alert. These cats have blue, green, yellow, or amber eyes, and odd-eyed pairings are possible. The almond-shaped eyes, regardless of color, are always expressive and charming.
The breed bears his plumed coat confidently upright, perpendicular to his back. Everything about the their build and posture suggests an attentive and engaged presence, as though the cat stepped into the room and said, “I’m here!”
- Weight: 3 to 5 kg
- Coat length: Long and silky single coat
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: White with lavender, chocolate, or other pattern
- Pattern: Solid, bicolor, calico, Himalayan and tabby
The Turkish Angora is well-known for being not only bright but also adaptable. These playful and loving cats are excellent with children, but they are also energetic and entertaining companions for older singles who may otherwise be alone. The breed tolerate dogs, but they rapidly establish themselves as the dominant member of the home.
These are not the types of cats to hide under the bed when somebody comes over. They are inquisitive and inviting by nature. They prefer to be in the midst of whatever is going on.
- Lifespan: 13 to 16 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Low
Turkish Angora has relatively few health problems and is a robust breed. However, there are a few potential health concerns that you need to be on the lookout for:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Cardiomyopathy, a form of cardiac illness characterized by swelling of the heart muscle, can affect both pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats..
- Ataxia: A neuromuscular condition that kills kittens between the ages of two and four weeks. Screening has significantly reduced the number of cases of ataxia.
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