The Turkish Angora makes one of the best family cats because it is affectionate and playful, but can demand too much attention. Find out why.
Believed to be the first long-haired cat seen in Europe, this feline originates from Ankara (Turkey’s capital) which later was named Angora. The Angora is known to have a long, silky flexible tail. The first of its kind were pure white but now take on the colors of most Persian cats. One unique trait about this breed was that the level of deafness was attributed to cats having one blue eye and one orange eye-the ear above the blue eye was deaf.
The history of the Turkish Angora is believed to begin as Turkish sultans sent these cats to nobles of England and France back in the sixteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, the Angora was no longer a fashion as it was ousted by the new longhaired cats and the original Persians. Fortunately, the Ankara zoo rescued the Turkish Angora, making it a well protected species. Although the Angora was imported into the United States in the 1700s, it gradually became extinct but this breed was revived when a couple purchased and mated a pair of them in the early 1960s.
The Angora has a fun-loving temperament as it enjoys playing games and receiving lots of affection, even from other animals. It is also known to be friendly, gentle, intelligent, and highly devoted to their owners. However, Angoras can become troublesome if they don’t have playmates or receive enough attention. They develop a great bond with family members and want to be the center of attention in every family event.
Because Angoras love to play, some will attempt to play a practical joke on their owners. Once they play, they can become mischievous if they’re in the mood. When moving about, Angoras seem to flow gracefully with dancers. They have the tendency to dance around or jump on all sorts of little toys or their owners’ toes and can be taught to retrieve things. Since they are brilliant, they play problem-solving roles in their surroundings and when they do, they prefer not to be held.
This feline’s appearance is of a body that is lithe, medium-sized, has a long torso and neck with a body that looks like it’s built to run. While the Angora has a well-developed lush ruff, it tends to shed fur during the winter months. Its feet are small, dainty, and round; the legs long and slim as its forelegs are shorter than its hind legs; and the tail is long and tapering, but curled when proudly carried.
An Angora’s head is small to medium-sized, wedge-shaped, stemming from its long neck and has features as a long nose; ears that are large at the base and pointed; and eyes that are large, almond-shaped, and slanted. The eyes are usually orange in color unless perhaps the fur is white or silver tabby.
Its fur is medium-length, silky, very fine, and has the likelihood of become wavy. Common coat colors of the Angora are white; calico; blue; blue or black smoke; black; silver, red, brown or blue tabby; or a combination of two of these colors.