of the Turkish Angora
The Turkish Angora is a very old breed, probably the oldest in the world.
It can be traced farther back in history than any other breed, way back to
the time before the middleage. It says that the Turkish Angora is the
platform for the semilonghair breeds. It’s probably also the platform
for the Persian breed as well, even if that breed developed
in another direction. In Turkey, the angora is related with some
myths and legends. They belive for instance that the landfather of Turkey,
Kemal Atatürk, one day will rise again in the shape of a white, odd-eyed,
deaf angora male.
the 16th century the angora was sent to rich people in France and England
by turkish sultans. But in the end of the 19th century these cats became
inmodern and was concurred out by the new modern longhaired cats. In the
middle of 1950 some animalparks in Turkey began to save the outdying
breed. They have breed on the breed just so it wouldn’t die out. In
1960, an american couple bought a couple of Turkish Angoras from Ankara
Zoo and they brought back the breed in to the US where it’s nowadays a
very popular breed. Most of the colours is represented in the US but the
white cat is still the most popular.
has been breed on the Turkish Angora in Europe for almost as long time as
in the US, but until 1993 only the white angora was recognised in FIFe. As
good as all colours was recognised at the FIFe General Assembly in 1993.
The first Turkish Angora came to Sweden in 1996, imported from the
Netherlands. The first Turkish Angora litter was born the same year.
The Turkish Angora should be solid but at the same time give a graceful
impression with flowing motions. The female is medium in size and the male
slightly bigger. The body is long with the hind part slightly higher than
the front. The bonestructure is fine. The coat is silky, semi longhair
with a tendency to curl. They have long coat at the collar and a bushy,
long tail. The head is wide at the top with a smooth taper to the chin.
The ears are
wide at the base, pointed, tufted and erect. The eyes are
upward and are almond shaped.
The eye colour is amber, odd-eyed or blue.
The Turkish Angora is very similar to the Turkish Van in its temper. The
Turkish Angora is a beautiful and graceful cat with elegant motions.
It’s intelligent, alert, easy to learn but has its own will at the same
Translation: Lotta Anderälv