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Meet the Turkish Angora Cat, Direct Descendents of the African Wildcat

What Makes This Breed Fun as a Pet

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Is the Turkish Angora good for you?

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    The Turkish Angora Cat is believed to be one of the closest living relatives to the ancient wild cat.

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    Turkish Angoras bond strongly with their entire family.

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    They will be in the middle of all activities from dinner to outings.

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    The Turkish Angora cat loves to play and is a fan of good, clean mischief.

HISTORY

Hailing from present day Ankara (formerly Angora), the Turkish Angora is one of the oldest breeds around, the earliest written recording of the breed dating back to the 17th century in France. There for the very birth of the Cat Fancy, this breed has been selectively bred for longer than most. However, thanks to their role in the creation of the Persian breed, this cat was almost lost to the sands of time, until some lucky American tourists spied a few remaining Turkish Angora in an exhibit at the Ankara Zoo. News carried back to the states, where these cats were taken and bred back into safe numbers.

quick facts

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    Size

    Medium

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    Lifespan

    12 years or more

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    Hair Length

    Long

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    Litter Size

    4 - 5 kittens

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    Male Weight

    7 - 10 pounds

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    Female Weight

    5 - 8 pounds

APPEARANCE

The Turkish Angora is a semi-longhaired breed, with a coat that rarely ever mats, which is strange for cats with coats of this length. They are of a delicate build, but are muscular and strong for cats of their size. They have long, pointed ears with little tufts of fur at the tips. They have almond shaped eyes that can be found in various shades of blue, green, or amber, and in some cases, mismatched (i.e. one blue, one green). Their muzzle is pronounced, with a strong chin and a long, wedge shaped face. Their thin neck, surrounded by fluffy fur, and their long, tapering tail, give them an elegant appearance.

PERSONALITY

While they may look like a skinny, fluffy breed (and they are), they are also deceptively muscular and stay that way by being almost constantly active. Nimble climbers, there are few places in your house that these feline acrobats cannot reach. Also, this breed is intelligent, and uses their keen wit to a mischievous end. They love attention and know how to get it. Ignore this breed, and you can be certain that somewhere off in the distance, a bowl is being knocked off a table. However, with a suitable amount of attention, this breed is a very loving, friendly, and in some cases, helpful breed. They are good around other pets, assuming those pets are alright taking orders from the Angora.

color

While the Turkish Angora is traditionally a white cat, they can come in a number of different colors, from smokey to cinnamon, tabby, pointed, or lavender.

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health concerns

When compared to other breeds, the health problems observed in Turkish Angoras are relatively low. In rare instances, they can experience:

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