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Turkish Angora - Breed Profile:

Origin: Turkey
Colors: Any (white is most common)
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Once a week
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Moderately docile

Physical characteristics

The Turkish Angora is a medium size cat with a truly graceful appearance. Its elegant body is slender but strong at the same time. The legs are long and muscular. The small paws are round. The tail plumes out like a bottle brush; it is long and tapering towards the tip. The chest is approximately the same width as the hips. The small to medium size head is wedge-shaped. The nose has a slight break. The muzzle continues the smooth lines of the wedge. The ears are large and alert, pointed and tufted. They are wide at the base and set high on the head, rather close to each other. The almond shaped eyes are slightly slanted. The eye colour does not depend on the coat colour and can be blue, green, gold-green, amber, and odd-eyed (one blue eye and one green, green-gold or amber eye). The eye colour can change with age. Overall, the cat has a very well-balanced and well-proportioned appearance.
Adult males weigh 7 to 10 pounds, adult females weigh 5 to 8 pounds.


The wonderful look of Angoras is not the only thing to admire. These cats also have a wonderful personality. They are known to be extremely affectionate, devoted, gentle, and loyal. They tend to make strong bonds with one particular person rather than with the entire family, so this breed is a great choice for those who live alone. If you've had an awful day, if you feel blue, or if you got sick, your Angora will always be there to cheer you up with face kisses or to nurse you back to health with purr massages. Lively and active, Angoras enjoy a play with various toys. Their favourite ones, however, are mice (real or fake). If you appreciate your fragile knick-knacks more than a feline companion, this breed is not for you. Angoras mope without attention, so if you cannot give them as much of it as they require, it is best to get another feline so that the two cats can entertain each other while you can't.
Photo credit: Alice Fontana. White Turkish Angora kitten

Last but not least, Angoras are extremely intelligent and smart cats. Fanciers say it is even scary sometimes. Angoras are very good at training their humans to do as they are told. Moreover, they learn very quickly how to open doors, drawers, and purses. Their small paws are incredibly deft!

Coat and grooming

The coat of Turkish Angoras is very silky, soft, and glossy. It shimmers with almost every move. The hair is longer on the neck ruff and the plumed tail. The back legs have full britches. The undercoat is rather thin with no tendency to mat or tangle. Once a week grooming should be absolutely fine.
Turkish Angoras come in all colours and patterns, though the most popular one is solid white.


Turkish Angoras are basically healthy and long-living cats. Some bloodlines, however, are known to have inherited feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HMC). An Angora cat can also be affected by a condition known as Turkish Angora Ataxia. No other cat breed or species is known to have this problem. Its symptoms appear at about four weeks of age with tremors; the illness progresses quite rapidly to a complete lack of voluntary muscular control. No cure and no treatment exists at the moment, unfortunately.

Other interesting facts

In the 1700s, Turkish Angoras became very popular in England and France and were prized as status symbols. Only the richest cat lovers could afford them.
As well as Turkish Vans and Manx cats, Angoras are fascinated by water. Some individuals may even join you in the shower.
The Turkish Angora is often confused with the Turkish Van. The latter, however, is a larger breed. While solid white Angoras with blue eyes are usually deaf, this does not happen to Vans.