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Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora

Basic Turkish Angora Information

  • Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
  • Weight: 5 - 10 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Turkish Angora


Turkish Angora Traits

  • Lap Cat
         
  • Intelligence
         
  • Ease of Training
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Good with Dogs
         
  • Chattiness
         


Turkish Angora History

  • This natural breed is believed to have originated with the Tartars in the Ankara region of central Turkey centuries ago.
  • Turkish sultans bestowed these prized cats as gifts to European nobility in the 16th century.
  • Once feared to be extinct, the Turkish Angora is making a welcomed comeback. Since 1917, Ankara Zoo officials have maintained a breeding program to protect and preserve this breed.
  • The first Turkish Angora arrived in the United States in 1963.
  • The Cat Fanciers Association granted championship status to the Turkish Angora breed in 1972.


Turkish Angora Behavior Concerns

  • Graceful, elegant and totally devoted to their owners.
  • Turkish Angoras are exceptionally intelligent and athletic and welcome challenges. They are curious and thrive on learning commands and tricks.
  • This breed especially enjoys riding around on people's shoulders or surveying the scene from high perches, like the top of the refrigerator or doors.
  • They happily welcome the companionship of other pets, including dogs.
  • Extremely extroverted, this breed thrives on acting as "host" of parties and boldly goes up to greet newcomers. However, they can be quick-tempered.


Look of Turkish Angoras

  • This breed displays a silky, medium-length coat that comes in a variety of colors, including lavender and chocolate. It has no undercoat.
  • Although similar in looks to its cousin, the Turkish Van, the Turkish Angora is smaller in build and lacks the Van's distinctive markings around the eyes.
  • The Angora's almond-shaped eyes can be blue, green, amber or even odd-eyed (one blue and one amber).
  • A picture of elegance, the Turkish Angora has a slender build, fine-boned legs and silky tail plume that resembles a fox tail.


Grooming Turkish Angora Cats

  • Maintain the Turkish Angora coat by brushing once or twice a week with a fine-toothed comb or slicker brush to remove excess hair and prevent mats.
  • During the summer, brush more often to prevent hairballs.


Suggested Nutritional Needs for Turkish Angoras

  • Serve high quality commercial food to keep its coat healthy and reduce shedding.


Fun Facts of Turkish Angoras

  • The word Angora in this breed's name specifies pedigreed cats from Turkish Angora only - and does not describe any longhaired cat.
  • Affectionately nicknamed the "Border Collies of the Cat World."


Did you know?

  • A decrease in cat grooming behavior may indicate they are in pain.
  • Some cat parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your cat.


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