Cat breeds: Turkish Angora

Cat breeds: Turkish Angora

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FIFe classification and history

Dorigo country: Turkey.
FIFe classification: Category II - semi-longhair

Turkish Angora is one of the oldest cat breeds; she was among the first breeds registered in feline associations. Its name derives from Ankara, the capital of Turkey. In 1620 Pietro della Valle, known as Il Pellegrino, a Roman gentleman, humanist, famous traveler and archaeologist of the time, landed in Turkey, was struck by this fascinating and delicate cat, who brought with him to the return to Rome, together with his Egyptian finds. He brought seven couples which he gave to friends of the Roman patriciate. However, the Turkish Angora will have to wait for the arrival of Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc, art collector and cat lover, who imported two couples of these into France, who won the goodwill of the ladies and bourgeois of the time. Even Louis XV was portrayed several times next to his splendid white Turkish Angora cat named Brillant. This fame went all the way to England, where it was very popular, especially in the Victorian era. The Angora Turhi were the promoters of the Persian and precisely in the feline exposures, the emergence of the latter type caused its almost total extinction. The Turks, jealous of their breed, prohibited all exports of cats and entrusted the Ankara Zoo with a program for the protection of the breed, admitting only white Angora for reproduction. Only in the early 60's, when some subjects were imported into the United States, there was a new renaissance of the breed. In 1970 it was recognized only in the white color and in 1978 in the colored varieties, but opinions on this choice on a new selection diverge among the associations.

General aspect

Angora Turco is a robust cat, well proportioned, elegant, agile, graceful and fluid in movement. It has an athletic muscle, thanks to which it performs large and powerful jumps. The most famous and traditional variety is Angora Bianco, but it also exists in many other colors. Originally the white coat and blue eyes were accompanied by the deafness handicap, but thanks to a hard selection the problem was eradicated. The uneven-eyed variety known as Ankara Kadi is considered the oldest. The summer coat is much shorter than the winter one.


It has a quiet character, suitable for home life. It is a curious, affectionate and very cuddly cat. He becomes attached to only one family member, with whom he establishes a relationship of love and respect. He will follow you wherever you go and will love to sleep by your side. If you ignore it, it will do everything to get your attention until it gets it. He is defined as a talking cat, because in addition to listening to you, he will try to answer you by gurgling. Very dynamic, balanced, but above all intelligent, just scold him once to make him understand the error.

Turkish Angora cat (photo


Thanks to the lack of undercoat, grooming is very simple. To keep the white hair tidy, just brush it 1-2 times a week. It is a good habit to accustom him from an early age to being bathed, for a more thorough cleaning of the hair.

Angora Turco breed kittens (photo

Variety of color

The Angora can be Black, White, Blue, Cream, Red, Smoke, Blue smoke, Tabby mackerel and blotched, Silver tabby, Red tabby, Brown tabby, Blue tabby, Cream tabby, Tortie, Tortie blue-cream, TRicolor. Any other color or design is allowed, except those that reveal hybridization, such as Chocolate, Lilac, Colourpoint and the same associated with white. The traditional variety is White with uneven eyes, known as Ankara kedi.


Category: Long and Semi-long Hair.
Build: intermediate.
Weight: 5 kg.
Body: muscular; completely covered by fur; without undercoat. Elongated and tubular in shape. Minimum bone, narrow chest and a slender trunk, remaining graceful and agile. It has a medium length neck, quite thin and graceful.
Coat: medium length on the body, with longer gorgera. The hair is thin and shiny like silk; it has a characteristic angle on the belly. All colors are accepted, with the exception of chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, Burmese and the Himalayan design, or other colors that are signs of hybridization.
Head: triangular, small to medium size. Wide skull. Sharp jaws.
Eyes: large, hints of almond shape, slightly oblique. All colors are accepted in relation to the coat.
Nose: medium length, straight, slightly curved, but without stop.
Ears: long and pointed shape, proportionate to the cuneiform shape of the head; attached high on the head; wide at the base, with tufts of hair on the tips. Position well straight on the head.
Chin: slightly strong and rounded.
Arts: they are long and fine. The hind limbs are a little higher than the forelegs, giving a dancer appearance when walking.
Feet: round, small, presence of tufts of hair between the toes.
Tail: very long and tapered. Wide hairline, thin at the tip, with a long hanging hair, forming a plume. It is brought low, but without touching the ground; in movement it assumes a straight or curved position, almost touching the head.
Penalty: bent or abnormal tail; Persian type.

curated by Sara Dioguardi -

Turkish Angora
Alice Fontana - Castel Negrino Publishing Group - June 2008

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