Native Country Turkey Other Names Ankara, Turkish Angora Life Expectancy Approximately 15-20 Years Litter Size No Information Available
Breed Appearance Turkish Angora cats have a silky tail,
medium-long length coat, no undercoat and a balanced body type.
Though known for a shimmery white coat, Turkish angora cats can have
one of more than twenty colors including black, "blue," and reddish
fur. They come in tabby and tabby-white, along with smoke varieties,
and are in every color other than those that indicate hybridization
(cross breeding), such as pointed, chocolate, lavender, and
cinnamon. Eyes may be blue, green, amber, yellow, or odd-eyed (e.g.,
one blue and one amber or green). Ears are pointed, large and
wide-set. The eyes are almond shaped and the profile forms two
straight planes. The plumed tail is often carried upright,
perpendicular to the back.
Breed Description Head: Small to medium in size, tapering
toward the chin. Moderately flat skull. Allowance for jowls in
mature males. Barely rounded, fairly long muzzle. No whisker break.
Nose is straight, medium in length, and without break. Firm, gently
rounded chin forms a perpendicular line with the nose. Eyes: Large, almond shaped, and set at a slight angle. All
colors, in harmony with coat color, allowed. Neck: Moderately long. Slim and graceful. Body: Long, lithe, and muscular. Narrow chest. Shoulders and
rump of same width. Rump slightly higher than shoulders. Fine in
bone. Paw: Long and slender. Hind legs longer than front. Small, oval
paws; round. Tufts between toes. Tail: Long; length in proportion to body. Coat: Medium
long. Fine, silky texture. Minimal undercoat. Longer at ruff, on
back of legs, and on the belly where the coat is slightly wavy. The
ruff is not fully developed until one year of age. All colors are
recognized with any amount of white, except chocolate, lilac,
cinnamon, fawn, and colorpoint or Burmese color patterns. Solid
white is the most prized color. Fault: Heavy bone structure, Persian body type or cobbiness.
Overly round head or foreign head shape. Nose break. Overly short
tail. Green eyes permissible only in white, silver, or golden cats.
History This elegant cat with the silky white coat was
favored by the kings of France. The Angora, which originated in
Turkey, bears the name of the capital city of Turkey, formerly
called Angora, but now called Ankara. This ancient breed remained
true to its original type for many years. In the 17th century,
Italian explorer Pietro Della Valle brought several Angoras back to
his home country. This cat, with its immaculate, fluffy coat, was
consider a gift "fit for a king." The European aristocracy,
particularly the court of Louis XV, favored Angoras. In the 18th
century, Linn� renamed the breed Cattus angorensis to distinguish it
from domestic cats and Chartreux cats. Buffon described it as the
"solid white, longhaired cat of Angora." In the 19th century, after
contributing to the development of the Persian (to which the Turkish
Angora transmitted the gene responsible for long hair), the breed
almost disappeared as a result of the remarkable popularity of
Persians. After the Second World War, the breed was on the verge of
extinction. Breeders in Europe and the United States imported
Angoras from Turkey, where the breed is now protected. The Torio's,
American breeders, purchased Yildiz and Hildizcik from the Ankara
Zoo. In 1970, the C.F.A. registered the first Turkish Angoras. The
breed was officially recognized by the C.F.A. in 1973, and by the
F.I.Fe in 1988. Despite its remarkable beauty, this breed is rare.
Behavior This active, lively, well-balanced cat is
playful, but easygoing. The Turkish Angora enjoys other cats and
gets along well with dogs. This breed is highly adaptable, even
adjusting well to travel. The Turkish Angora is extremely
affectionate and gentle. He loves a good petting session. In fact,
you may never be able to get your Turkish Angora out of your lap!
Though talkative, the Turkish Angora has a soft voice. This cat is
strong, athletic, and agile. He loves the water. Care is simple
since there is almost no undercoat. Weekly brushing is sufficient.
During shedding season (heavy shedding), daily brushing is required.
Health Ataxia - The disease only affects young kittens
(2 to 4 weeks) attacking the neuromuscular contol system and is
always fatal shortly thereafter. Turkish Angoras are the only breed
with this problem.