One of the most outgoing and affectionate of all cat breeds, the rare and beautiful Turkish Angora is intelligent, adaptable, loving and playful, which makes them an excellent choice for families with young children, and lively companions for senior adults.
The origin of the Turkish Angora is not very clear. Most likely, the breed originated in the mountainous regions of Turkey, where it developed an unusually soft, medium-long coat for protection against the harsh winters. It is believed to have been introduced in Europe in the 16th century and in US in the 18th century. By the 1900s this breed was almost extinct due to interbreeding with the Persian cats. In 1917, the Turkish Government recognised it as a national pride and asset, and started breeding programs to preserve this cat breed from becoming extinct. In recent times, the popularity of the Turkish Angora cat has grown widely, and is recognised by the International Cat Association, Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.
Unlike normal cats that tend to be selfish, the Turkish Angora cat is friendly, mischievous and affectionate. It is an active cat, likes to play and loves to be with children rather than sitting idle. It is a great companion and likes to be with the owner while they do their household work. It is quite outgoing and socialises well with strangers and other pets in the house.
The Turkish Angora cat is strong and healthy by nature and can live for almost 15 years. Overall they are a low maintenance cat. As they do not have an undercoat, frequent brushing and combing are not required. It is also not a fussy animal and eats whatever it is given, although it loves meat and can put on weight, so you will need to monitor their diet.
The one health problem found in this cat breed is that white Turkish Angoras with blue eyes tend to be deaf. Those cats who also have one blue eye and the other amber, tend to be deaf on the side of the blue eye.