There are many different types of cats out in the world today. Long-haired, semi-long haired short-haired, hair less, tortoiseshell are all kinds of classifications for cats along with their breeds. And there are many many different breeds from around the world. One of the semi-long haired breeds is the Turkish Angora, which is a different breed from the Angora. The Turkish Angora is one of the most beautiful of the semi-long hair breeds, they look much like the Persian. Angora is used loosely for any white long haired cat, but the Turkish Angora is the only true Angora.
The cat breed originated in Turkey and wasn’t introduced into the United States until about 1963. It is possibly one of the oldest long haired cat breed. The cat is less then 100 years old, the breed is considered a lost pure breed. It’s hard to find a pure bred Turkish Angora because of continuous crossbreeding with other long hairs like the Persian. It is thought that the Turkish Angora is a segment of the Manul breed of cat. They don’t fully mature until they are 2 years of age.
The cat is long bodied with a long silky, fluffy cat. They are known to have a long bushy tail. Their tail is sometimes kinked or abnormal, and it tapers wide at the bottom and smaller as it gets to the top. White is generally the most common, but the cat also has other colors including the tortoiseshell. They are small to medium sized and grow to be about 5 to 9 pounds. They have long legs with small rounded paws and large almond shaped eyes. Their eyes come in a range of colors including green, gold, greenish gold, copper and what’s known as odd colored which is two different colored eyes. A white odd colored eye Turkish Angora is the most rare cat in this breed. Generally a blue eyed white Turkish Angora is deaf. They are also less prone to shedding and matting.
This cat is agile, active and very athletic. The can make a 9 foot jump from a standing position. This cat is very opinionated and stubborn and is not afraid to let you know what it thinks. They are quick witted and prone to manipulate their owners into doing what they want them to do. Along with the stubbornness, this breed is also known to have a bit of a sense of humor as well as being very affectionate and loving, though some cats may not be a traditional lap cat. This cat is very family friendly and is completely devoted to it’s human. They bond very well with their owns and are very loyal cats.
The Turkish Angora is truly a unique breed of cat. You will never be bored with having this breed in your home. They are recognized by many organizations for cats and cat shows. Though this cat is growing in popularity, it is hard to find a breeder. If you are able to find a pure breed Turkish Angora, enjoy their personality.