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Turkish Angora Cat Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

You’ve got to figure that any animal with the word “angora” in it is going to be a pretty good-looking animal.  And is probably going to have a really soft coat of hair, and in the case of the Turkish Angora, you would be right!

But these…

Cats are much, much more than just a pretty face with a fantastic coat of hair, they also have a ton of energy which makes owning one a ton of fun.

If of course…

You’re into cats that like to run and play a lot.  Which brings us to why we wanted to write an article about the Turkish Angora.  You see, in this article, we want to take a moment and discuss what it might be like to own one of these awesome cats so that if you ever get an opportunity to get your hands on one, you won’t be disappointed that you did six months later.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Turkish Angora Cat Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin:  Turkey

Size:  Medium

Weight:  8 to 10 pounds

Eyes:  Almond shape

Shape of Head:  Wedge-shaped

Lifespan:  12 to 18 years

Origin of the Turkish Angora

How the Turkish Angora first came to be is a bit of a mystery, but it is largely believed that it a direct relative of wildcats that lived and existed in Africa 1000’s of years ago.

What is known is…

That they were first “discovered” by the “west” back in the early 1400’s in around the area previously known as Angora, Turkey.  During this time, folks understood that there was a “market” for aristocratic-looking cats throughout Europe and the Turkish Angora definitely “fit the bill”.

In fact…

During this time throughout Europe, both the Turkish Angora and the Persian cat breed experienced widespread popularity as the period known as the Renaissance spread all throughout western Europe.

This remained the…

Case until gradually, the Persian cat breed slowly began to “edge” out the Turkish Angora in popularity and in numbers to the point that the Turkish Angora was no longer as numerous as it had once been.

This did not…

Change the fact that the Turkish Angora remained quite popular in it’s home land which remains the same even up to modern day.  The Turkish Angora, can also thank the Turkish government and the Ankara Zoo, who back in 1940 worked together to help protect and promote the breed within Turkey and ensure that the breed would survive into the 21st century.

In 1962…

The Turkish Angora finally “officially” made it to the United States and became registered under the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1968, and then fully recognized as white Turkish Angoras in 1972. Colored Turkish Angoras were recognized in 1978. They are also recognized by The International Cat Association.

Physical characteristics of the Turkish Angora cat breed

Turkish Angora cats have long-haired and silky coats that make them look like elegant cats. Their coats are traditionally white, but they can also be in other solid colors as well as tabby, tortoiseshell, calico, and more patterns.

Turkish Angora…

Eyes are almond-shaped, and can be blue, green, amber, yellow, or a have 2 different eye colors. Their ears are large and pointed. They have long, muscular legs and their back legs are longer than their front legs.

Temperament of the Turkish Angora cat breed

One thing that you’ll learn about these cats right away is that they are very athletic. They love to roam around the house looking for shelves to climb and doors to open.


They’re attention seekers, so they’re always looking for a new way to have your attention. This means that every now and then, they may get into a little trouble. But hey, it’s because they love you so much!

They’re also…

Very assertive cats. They’ll get your attention, but deep down, they’re probably thinking that it’s for your sake, not for theirs. They think that they’re the ones in charge, and they’ll most likely be around you all day and try to help in any way they can.

We should also…

Warn you that they’re not shy.  In fact, they will make a friend out of anyone they meet, so don’t get jealous.  This friendliness also applies to other animals so, if you have another pet, that’s great! If you don’t, you may want to consider adopting a pair of Angoras this way it won’t be up to you to keep him or her entertained 24/7.


These guys can get bored easily unless they’re in the company of someone who’s going to give them attention.  And, they form habits very fast. So, if you teach them to do one thing, a thing that isn’t very good, then they’re most likely to repeat that action over and over again. It’s hard to change the mind of Turkish Angoras, so just make sure that you’re not a bad influence on them.

Turkish Angoras…

Have many sides, but one thing will always remain true. They will love you unconditionally. They’ll lay by you as you nap and sit on your lap and watch Netflix with you.

Common health issues of the Turkish Angora cat breed

All in all, the Turkish Angora cat is a relatively health cat breed with the exception that “white” Turkish Angora’s with blue eyes will experience a much higher risk of being born deaf.

And while…

Deaf cats can generally “cope” well with their condition, this is something that you’ll definitely want to consider when choosing which Turkish Angora cat breeder you want to work with as well as “which” Turkish Angora kitten you want to adopt.

Which brings us…

To the last topic we wanted to discuss today which is the idea of purchasing a pet insurance policy on your new cat.  Because while it is true that owning a “deaf” cat isn’t going to be any more or any less expensive than owning a “normal” cat, there are plenty of things that could cause you new kitten having to go to visit your local veterinarian.

And as any…

Experienced pet owner can tell you, visiting the veterinarian can get expensive particularly if it is to treat a “serious” or “recurring” problem.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet always advise any new pet owner to take a moment and see what it might cost to purchase a pet insurance policy on their new loved one.  This way if they ever do become sick or injured in the future, you won’t be on the “hook” for 100% of the cost of treatment.

For more information on who we “feel” currently offers some of the “best” pet insurance policies on the market right now, be sure to check out our Best Pet Insurance Companies article.

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  • gustavo câmara corte real November 6, 2020, 7:09 pm

    Hi I just got an angora female kitten. She has three little black spots on her head. The breeder said it’s normal and will disappear. Is it normal for angora kittens to have these spots? Thank you

    • CT May 14, 2021, 10:53 pm

      Our Angora had a Gray spot on his head as a kitten. It went away. Gray (his name because of the spot) is now all white!

  • KT. December 22, 2020, 1:05 am

    If the black spots are the color of the fur, it might not disappear.

    A cat’s color is what it is, as far as I know.

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