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The ancient Turkish Angora breed has been around since the 17th century, when residents of the Ankara region of Turkey first noticed them. Even so, these beautiful white cats did not leave their native country until the 1960s, when they started to become a sought-after pedigree in the US, Canada, and Great Britain.
The Turkish Angora is most known for its fluffy white coat and delicate-looking face. Aside from their beautiful appearance, cat lovers adore them for their friendliness and loyalty towards their owners. Even so, they are still a rare breed today and relatively uncommon in the UK.
Meet the Turkish Angora
If you have a soft spot for white cats, you'll fall head over heels for the Turkish Angora. Their coat is not only pure white but is long and smooth, giving a gorgeous fluffy look and a teddy-bear feel. Plus, their coats have a silk-like sheen, making them appear like they glisten as they move.
Turkish Angoras are medium in size with a long, slender body. They have delicate bones but firm muscles and a super bushy tail that they elegantly swish around as they walk. As fully-grown adults, they will generally weigh between 8 and 15 pounds, with males usually slightly bigger than females.
They have small heads and gentle-looking faces with large almond-shaped eyes and large-set pointed ears. Their eyes can be amber, green or blue, or even heterochromatic with a blue/amber or blue/green pairing.
Although white is the traditional colour for these kitties, many people do not know that Turkish Angoras can come in various colours and patterns. For example, they may have black, red, brown or grey colouring. In addition, their coat can be either solid or a bi-colour, tabby or tortoiseshell patterning. Even so, it's uncommon to find Angoras in these colours and patterns as they are usually selectively bred to be all white.
Turkish Angora’s Temperament
The Turkish Angora is a highly intelligent and social breed that builds strong bonds with its owner. They are not one to sit on the sidelines and love to be involved in family life at all times. Angoras may choose a favourite human, but they remain loving and affectionate to all household members. They are very accepting of other animals, too, even though they will likely become the alpha!
Angoras love to play, and when they start a game, they can get pretty determined to complete it and win. They are even known to play pranks on their owners and are generally always up for some goofing around.
Angoras have a good balance between human interaction and independence, which means they will usually do ok left alone. However, make sure you leave out plenty of toys for this playful breed and shower them with attention when you return.
You'll often find these white beauties on high platforms such as a shelf or top of the fridge. Therefore, they love cat trees, and the taller, the better for an Angora. They are far too active to be lap cats, too and they don't particularly like being held if they are in a playful mood. However, when they get sleepy, they may surprise you with their unexpected cuddliness.
Unfortunately, many white Turkish Angoras are deaf due to a connection between the white fur and blue eyes genes and the hearing gene. Luckily though, this doesn't affect their quality of life, but they may be extra vocal.
10 reasons to add a Turkish Angora cat to your family
- They can be left alone - Unlike other breeds, Angoras don't get stressed if they are left alone. So, you can go to work without worrying about coming back to a destroyed home!
- You'll develop a deep connection with them - If you're looking for a best friend, rather than just a cat, an Angora is perfect for you.
- They are excellent company - You'll never forget you have a cat with an Angora. They will always be by your side, involved in all your daily activities, from cooking to showering.
- They have shiny fur - As your Angora elegantly walks around, you'll see their hair glistening thanks to its natural sheen.
- They are easy to groom - Although Angoras have long fur, they don't have an undercoat, so their coat is not prone to matting. You'll only need to brush them once or twice a week.
- They accept other pets - Angoras get along well with other cats and gentle dogs and take them as part of the family.
- They can have two different coloured eyes - A unique appearance trait of this breed is that they can have eyes of different colours. This not only makes them stand out but gives them a fierce yet beautiful look.
- They are easy to train - A Turkish Angora will happily partake in a training session with you and respond well to any tricks and commands you teach them.
- They have an interesting history - Not only are Turkish Angoras one of the oldest domestic breeds, but they almost became extinct at one point when the Persians stole their crown.
- They are a rare breed - Turkish Angoras are not a common sighting in the UK and not as easy to find as other breeds, making them highly exclusive.
Best homes for a Turkish Angora
Turkish Angoras are relatively easy-going and will do well in all types of home environments. They will peacefully coexist with other animals but are also completely fine to be the only pet. They enjoy the company of older children but could get angry around young children who pull their fur or tail. Therefore, you should take time to socialize your Angora with young kids and supervise any play sessions between them.
As they are pretty active and playful, they are well-suited to homes with high energy. However, as long as you don't mind their zooming around, they will build a strong bond with any human in their life. Finally, they are a good choice for those who work full time, as Angoras do not show any signs of stress when left alone during the day.