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Turkish Angora

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Turkish Angora is one of the oldest known cat breeds. It is originated from Kurdistan, Turkey. It was bred systematically even in the 15th century.  But the breed nearly died out, and so state of Turkey began a program to save the breed in 1960. Only 30 Turkish angoras were left in 1966, but the number of them increased and some kittens were exported from Ankara Zoo to other breeders, at first to USA, where the first litter was born in 1963. The first Turkish Angora came to Finland from Russia in 1990. Now we have about 200 Turkish Angoras in Finland.  

Turkish Angora is very sociable and affectionate cat. It takes part in everything you do at home, if it does not have place on your lap, it sits on your shoulder. It takes part in washing dishes, it even comes to Sauna ("a hot bathroom",  as we are in Finland) with you. It is said that Turkish Angora is a cat for one person: it is true, that it is possible that it does not show its best properties to your guests, but mostly it shares its love and affection to all humans who share the same home with it.  

Turkish angora is a lively cat, who likes playing especially with you. It will easily become adjust to children, other cats and dogs, but the greatest pleasure it will get playing with you. It is happy living indoors also, and it does not need very much space, if only it gets a playmate from you and has a high climbing tree, because it likes to look the world from high. As the matter of fact, normally it does not climb there, but finds another ways to get high, as it has strong legs to jump high. 

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Turkish Angora is a balanced, graceful cat. Females are medium sized, males are larger. 

Head is small or medium sized, smooth wedge shaped. Nose is medium in length, with a slight break, but no stop. Chin is gently rounded and a tip of chin forms a perpendicular line with nose. 

Ears are large, wide at base, tufted. Placement high on the head, pointed and erect. Eyes are large, almond shaped, slanting slightly upwards. All colours are accepted.

Neck is medium in length, slim and graceful.

Finely boned, chest is slender, body is slender, graceful and flexible. Rump slightly higher than shoulders. Legs are long, hind legs longer than front. Paws small, round and dainty. Tufts between toes. Persian type body is penalizing.

Tail is long and tapering from a wide base to a narrow end, with a full brush.

Coat is semilong, but ruff is long, finely textured, silky and should have silklike sheen. No underwool. All colours are accepted, excluding colourpoint, chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, beige. Divided to 9 colour groups.

Remarks: Jowls are accepted to adult males, ruff is ready only after 1 year and summer coat is much shorter than wintercoat. 


  • Head (shape, nose, forehead, chin, ear shape and placement) 25 points
  • Eyes (shape and placement) 10 points
  • Body (shape, size, bone structure, legs, paws) 30 points
  • Tail (shape and length) 10 points
  • Coat (texture, length) 20 points
  • Condition 5 points

Photos of Turkish Angora - Registerations in Finland


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