Turkish Angora Cats
Turkish Angora cats are an ancient natural breed that has enjoyed resurgence in popularity since its reintroduction to the West in the 1960s. Angoras are graceful, playful, loving, loyal and gentle cats. Angoras are also extremely busy, always on the move. They will check in with you for about five seconds – until something else catches their attention. These resourceful cats will invent their own toys if none are provided and have been known to play with dust motes.
Appearance The Angora is small to medium cat, lithe and fine-boned, with a long, plumed tail. The large, erect ears sit high on the head and close together. The eyes are large and almond shaped. The head is wedge shapes. The glossy coat is medium long and silky, with a thin undercoat that is not prone to matting. Hair is longest on the tail, ruff and back legs. Angoras may have been the most popular representative of the breed in the past, but Angoras of many colors and patterns are gaining in popularity.
Origins Turkish Angora Cats were found residing in Turkey by the 1400s in the region surrounding the city of Angora, later named Ankara. This aristocratic looking cat was exported to the estates of European nobility during the Renaissance. Angoras and Persians competed against one another at the early cat shows in England, but by the end of 19th century, the Persian had edged out all other longhaired competitors, including the Angora.
In the 1940s the Turkish government, in conjunction with the Ankara Zoo, began a program to collect, preserve and protect the traditional all-white Angoras. In 1962 an American couple bought a pair of the zoo’s Angoras and imported them to the United States. Other breeders followed suit and by 1970s Turkish Angora cats were reintroduced to the show ring.
All-white Angoras with one or two blue eyes may be partially or totally deaf, a tendency common to blue and odd eyed white cats of other breeds as well.