The Turkish Angora is a muscular cat that has an athletic look about it. The hind legs of the cat are taller than the front legs and the ears are tall. The eyes are slanted slightly and the coat is of a medium to long length with no undercoat. The length of the coat varies with the changing of the seasons but always maintains a soft and silky feel to it. The history of this cat is a little uncertain. While it was developed in Ankara, it is believed to have spread to Europe in the 1500s. To begin with the breed was highly popular. However, the popularity declined in favour of the Persian breed and we nearly lost the Turkish Angora breed altogether had it not been for the Zoo in Ankara where the breed is maintained.
The Turkish Angora is a loving and affectionate cat and bonds well with its owners. It is intelligent and loyal. Quiet and reserved at times, this cat still loves to play, especially in its youth. Turkish Angoras like to explore and are very curious, they are even comfortable in water, which is a little unusual for a cat breed. This cat does not adopt to unfamiliar places or people very well and so may be wary of strangers. The Turkish Angora will also need plenty of socialization in its youth for it to bond well with small children and other domestic pets.
Build (Male / Female)
Male: 12 pounds (5-6kg)
Female: 8-12 pounds (3-6kg)
9-14 years is the average lifespan of the Turkish Angora.
The coat of the Turkish Angora will need daily attention and grooming to keep it in top condition. Brushing and combing the coat will help keep it free of knots and discourage hairballs.
CFA, ACFA , TICA