The Turkish Angora Cat is elegant to look at. Its medium-long to long hair also has an advantage over other breeds with this characteristic: a very light undercoat, which greatly facilitates its brushing and therefore its maintenance. The Turkish Angora is very easygoing. He learns easily. He likes the presence of his owner, to whom he is very attached. Agile, and flexible, and it is also quite sporty. He likes to play with children, and the company of congeners or dogs does not bother him. Note that he particularly likes water and that he will not hesitate to immerse himself in a sink or a bathtub.
Hair type: mid-length, long
Hair loss: Moderate
Weight and height
Gender Weight Height
Female From 2 kg to 4 kg From 30 cm to 33 cm
Male From 2 kg to 5 kg From 33 cm to 35 cm
Interesting Breed History of Turkish Angora Cat
Turkish Angora originates from Ankara, the current capital of Turkey, which was once called Angora. The Angora Cat is a very old breed, its origins go back to ancient Egypt. Long hair and white fur were highly valued by the Turks. Officially brought to Europe in the 17th century. We owe its appearance to a Frenchman, Nicolas de Peiresc, and an Italian, Pietro Della Valle. He was part of the court of Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, and even Louis XVI. Its long hair attracts curiosity since until then, Europeans were mainly oriented toward short-haired cats. Painters are also inspired by this breed, which is very slender and pleasing to the eye.
However, the Turkish Angora almost disappeared. The breeding of the Persian has overshadowed him. Fortunately, American and European breeders are uniting to give it a second life. He thus returned in force after the Second World War. His breed was recognized in 1973 and the International Feline Federation did the same in 1988.
Physical Features of Turkish Angora Cat
His body: the Turkish Angora has a slender, fine, slender body. Under his hair, he wants to be muscular. Its body allows it to be particularly agile and flexible since its total weight does not exceed 5 kg.
His hair: he has mid-length to long hair. Its coat looks like feathers and is very pleasant to the touch. He has a very little undercoat.
Its color: All colors are tolerated except chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, or fawn colors. Of course, the white Turkish Angora cat is the most popular.
His head: his head is quite small compared to the rest of the body. It forms a triangle with softened tips.
His eyes are slightly slanted, quite large, and almond-shaped.
His ears: the ears of the Turkish Angora are quite large, pointed even if the high end is slightly rounded. They have a little hair.
Its tail: it has a lot of hair. It is quite wide at the base, then tapers as it goes.
Behavior and character
The Turkish Angora cat is very sociable, although it also appreciates tranquility. He can be independent but adores the caresses of his owner or his family. He likes to be the center of attention, so much so that he can be a glue pot depending on his temperament. He has a strong character.
He is active, lively, and very intelligent. It is easily educated. He has a playful spirit, especially in the company of children, whom he particularly loves. Most o the Angora cats love vertical places in the home, such as cat trees and towers. You can encourage your Angora cat to play with those kind of modern pet furniture. He generally gets along well with his peers and other pets.
The Turkish Angora cat loves wide-open spaces. His independence goes hand in hand with his need for freedom. Thus, he will appreciate life in the countryside. Apartment life can be a problem in the long run, unless he has the opportunity to go back and forth outside. To this end, it will be necessary to be attentive to the parasites that it could bring back. He won't be comfortable locked up. If your neighborhood is not enough for your cat to wander around, you can arrange your home decoration. You can get help from various cat houses and cat scratchers, so your cat won't get bored easily.
Not contract any particular disease. It is a very solid species. No genetic pathology is recorded. Routine vaccinations against diseases that can only be seen in cats should not be forgotten.
However, white Angoras have a higher risk of being deaf. Some kittens can also contract ataxia, a disease characterized by disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Breed Hypoallergenic: No
The life expectancy of a Turkish Angora cat is between 12 and 18 years.
Its maintenance is easier than another long-haired cat. Because the Turkish Angora cat has almost no undercoat.
Weekly brushing should be done. On the other hand, it must be daily during molting, to prevent it from swallowing its hair, which would cause the creation of hairballs harmful to its digestive system. Apart from that, the Turkish Angora Cat is known as a very clean cat.
As with everyone, the condition of your ears should be monitored regularly. As he likes to be outside, it will be necessary to ensure that he does not bring back parasites. Moreover, this cat loves water and will not mind taking a bath from time to time.
For The Turkish Angora cat, it is very important a diet rich in protein, trace elements, and vitamins. This allows him, in particular, to keep a silky coat. You can also give him a diet high in fiber, which will make it easier to eliminate any hairballs that may form.
It must have access to fresh, clean, and regularly fresh water.