Turkish Angora cat's breed portrait

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Origin and breed history

The Turkish Angora is a medium-sized semi-longhair cat. As its name doubly implies, the cat originates from Turkey. Angora is the old name for the present capital of Turkey, Ankara. Even if it is written twice in the name, the story of origin is not quite told. With Angora cats were still called a good 50 years ago practically all long-haired cats. Later the designation "Persian" became generally accepted for the same cats. Today Persian cats are known everywhere as classics of the longhaired cats.

Several newer breeds have been added, such as the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Ragdoll or the Maine Coon. In the meantime, genetic tests have shown that the longhaired and semi-longhaired cats originate as a large population from the wide areas of Russia as well as the countries bordering to the south and west. Here then Angora or Persian as origin come again into play. The Persian cat displaced the Angora cat, however, only in the designation, not as a cat. Today's Turkish Angora is a variant of the old Angora or Persian cat bred in England in the 1970s.

Allegedly, two white Angora cats from the Ankara Zoo were also used for this purpose. Like the Siberian cat, which probably still represents the original population in its purest form, the Turkish Angora is a semi-longhair cat, but in contrast to its long-haired sisters, it is smaller and more elegantly positioned. In 1988 the Turkish Angora was recognized by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFe) and a binding standard was established, which at first only allowed white as coat color. In the meantime, a wide range of colors is allowed in this cat.


The Turkish Angora is a medium sized cat breed. It has an elegant, slender build. According to the standard, her movements should radiate grace, be supple and flowing. It is said to be muscular, but to have a fine build without a pronounced chest. Males are 3 to 5 kilograms, cats somewhat lighter. Their paws should be small and dainty. Their tail should be long and bushy, wider than the body and carried "majestically". The coat of a Turkish Angora is silky and semi-long. It does not have a felted undercoat. Therefore, with the winter coat on the hind legs form dense pants, around the chest and shoulders a dense frizz of hair.

However, this can be seen only in mature specimens from the second year of life. In summer the coat hairs off. At first, only pure white was allowed as coat color. However, since pure white is based on a genetic defect that can be associated with serious health problems such as deafness, blindness and balance disorders, it is not possible to keep a population alive with this. So the restriction to white was dropped. However, coat colors based on other genetic defects, such as the so-called dilute or dilute colors, are allowed today.

Character and nature

The Turkish Angora has a very people-oriented, friendly and gentle nature. She is extremely calm, reassuring and seeks the closeness of her people. She can develop a close bond and is especially suited for people who want to enjoy peace and relaxation together with her. The Turkish Angora is then an amplifier of the relaxation phase. In addition, she is a real family cat. The Turkish Angora is nevertheless attentive and knows her people very well. Turkish Angora are very social and love life best together with their humans. Hustle and bustle can not bring them so quickly from the rest. Of course they like to move in the nature, but they can also be kept exclusively in the apartment. Turkish Angora have a wonderful calming and relaxing aura. They are affectionate, but do not allow themselves to be taken in and remain their own proud personality.


A Turkish Angora is the ideal house cat for the apartment. It is undemanding and frugal with regard to its keeping conditions, apart from grooming and healthy breeding. Always seeking a close relationship with her owners, she loves to be with her family. She does not have to be a free roamer to feel completely at home, but does not like to be left alone for long. She is very sociable and gets along well with children, all family friends and animal companions.


The Turkish Angora is very easy to train for a cat, as it is intelligent, calm, social and people-oriented. If it comes from a serious breeder, who has well cared for and socialized the parents and kittens, it will fit into the rules and habits of its family without any problems.

Care and health

The coat of the Turkish Angora should be carefully brushed regularly. This is especially true at times of coat change. Usually Turkish Angora cats love fur brushing and with some feeling and skill you can make it a daily bonding ritual, which is emotionally very good for both cats and humans.

Diseases typical for the breed

Catteries of the Turkish Angora cat can suffer from strong inbreeding. This not infrequently leads to immune deficiencies, sickliness and shortened life expectancy. This breed can also suffer from a number of hereditary diseases that are common to breeders, such as ataxia, where movement is disturbed. Some coat colors can lead to health problems. Pure white specimens in particular may be afflicted with hereditary diseases, such as predispositions to deafness, blindness, balance disorders.


The Turkish Angora is generally a trouble-free eater by feline standards.

Life expectancy

A Turkish Angora is long-lived without breeding exaggerations or coat colors produced by genetic defects. Thus, cats of this breed can live 15 years.

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