Cat Breeds 101: Turkish Angora

Cat Breeds 101 - Turkish Angora
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As its name implies, the Turkish Angora is a breed of domestic cat that originated from the Ankara region of Turkey. They are sometimes referred to as the Ankara cat or Angora. It is established that the descendants of this breed can be traced back to the African wildcats.

The Turkish Angora breed was first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent (Middle East). In the late 16th century, they were transported to France and Britain from Russia, Persia, and Asia Manor. However, there are accounts stating that the Turkish Angora has been in Europe since the 14th century. [1] Ten years after the Turkish Angora was brought to Canada, it was recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association as a championship breed.

The Turkish Angora is best distinguished by its long, silky and shimmery white coat. However, they may also appear in a variety of colors such as cinnamon, pointed, lavender, and chocolate. In addition to its large and pointed ears, Turkish Angora is known for its yellow, green, amber or blue-colored eyes.

This breed is known to be athletic and playful. They are the type who love and interact with humans, but they usually choose a particular member of the household who will act as their constant companion. In turn, they become very protective of that person. Unlike other feline breeds, Turkish Angoras love swimming.

Also, Turkish Angoras are known for their remarkable intelligence. Their impressive intelligence, combined with their willingness and ability to interact with humans, makes them easily trained pets at home. Just a note to those who intend to own this breed; never try to ignore the intelligent Turkish Angoras. Or else, they might engage in activities that will surely catch your attention.

Also, they are the type of cat who will like to be of help to their human companions most of the time. They get along well with children and other animals at home – just as long as the latter acknowledges the Turkish Angora to be the boss! You can expect this affectionate feline breed to dwell in unexpected and high places places such as above the door.

Though they are active and energetic in nature, Turkish Angoras are known for their regal bearing and elegance. They will eagerly welcome visitors, especially those who exert effort in paying tribute to them. They are also the breed of cat who are interested in everything you do, and in turn, they expect you to have interest in whatever they are doing.


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