The Turkish Angora cat breed, which now enjoys national treasure status in Turkey, may have been the first longhaired cat variety in Europe.
The Turkish Angora is a cheerful, active cat whose gracefulness has led to her being referred to as a ballerina among cats. One of the most outgoing cat breeds, she delights in entertaining her human partners and loves to be the focus of attention.
Angoras are highly skilled sportsmen who excel in quickness. As long as the other animals respect her authority, they are content to welcome them into their home.
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The Turkish Angora is a graceful, lovely breed with a broad, tapering tail and a soft, silky coat on a lean, fine-boned frame.
12 to 18 years
Turkish Angora coats typically come in white, but they can also be found in other colours like black, blue, cream, and red as well as a variety of patterns and shadings.
Turkish Angoras have modest shedding, but their coats are simple to clean and do not matting as easily as other longhair breeds. For white or light-colored Angoras, a bath every few months may be necessary in addition to a weekly combing to keep them looking show-ring ready.
Turkish Angora cats typically enjoy long, healthy lives.
White Angoras with blue eyes are more likely to become deaf, although those with odd-shaped eyes may only experience hearing loss in one ear. Fortunately, cats who are deaf can manage pretty well and have long, healthy lives with the right care.
The most prevalent type of heart illness in cats is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which some Angoras may get. Breeders that are responsible should check for this problem.
Turkish Angora originates in Ankara, the nation’s capital, which was once called Angora.
This breed first appears in writing in 16th-century France, and cat enthusiasts in Europe were fond of Angoras in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The Ankara Zoo began a breeding programme, concentrating their efforts on conserving lineages producing white cats with blue eyes, gold eyes, and unusual eyes since Angoras were revered as a national treasure in Turkey. They worked hard, but they were also vehemently opposed to letting their cats move anywhere else.
Through American servicemen who visited the Ankara Zoo in the 1950s, news of the unique Turkish Angora made its way to the United States. A white male with unusual eyes named Yildiz and a white female with amber eyes named Yildizcek were given permission by the zoo to be taken home by Colonel and Mrs. Walter Grant in 1962.
The breeding programme in the United States was built on the shoulders of these cats.
White Turkish Angoras were first registered by The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 1968, and in 1972 the CFA granted them championship status. It took a little longer for coloured Turkish Angoras to be accepted by the CFA; this happened in 1978.