Turkish Angora, the cat of Kings and Princes
The Turkish Angora is a cat breed originating from Eastern Turkey and Caucasus, it is the oldest known breed with the gene "long hair". even if now it is now classified among the "half-long hair" breeds.
The first Turkish Angoras were most probably imported in Western Europe, and especially in France, during the seventeenth century. True fashion phenomenon, the white-blue-eyed Turkish Angora became, as much as in the Ottoman Empire, a mark of power and prestige.
The breed was then used as the founding stone for new man-created breeds since the nineteenth century: Persian, Birman... which made the Turkish Angora fell into oblivion. It was only after WWII than a few real lovers in Turkey, Europe and USA, started again breeding programs with the very few remaining cats and new import from Turkey and Armenia.
Due to its "resurrection" by breeders of different taste and sensibility, the Turkish Angora has the particularity to be subjected to several standards depending its origin. Three of them could be distinguished: American type (very slender body, long legs, very close high ears), Turkish type (powerful and well muscled body, widely set ears) and European type (right the middle of the two previous).
- Temperament: Well-balanced cat, active and lively, playful but also calm. She is very sociable with other cats and the dogs he is accustomed to. Highly adaptable, travels don't bother her. Very affectionate. extremely sensitive, she follows her master everywhere and will never hesitate to climb onto the shoulders. He is talkative but rather quietly.
- Living with: Robust, sportive, agile, loving water, good hunter, she must have some space.
- Grooming: Very easy due to her near lack of undercoat: just a weekly brushing is enough, yet when they start shedding it is better to do it once a day. A bath should be given a week before an exhibition.
- Head: Small to medium, triangular, fraying slightly towards the chin. Rather flat skull. Jowls are allowed on the grown-up males. Rather long, barely rounded off muzzle, without pinch. Nose of medium length, rather strait, without break. Slightly rounded off, firm chin, in the vertical of the nose.
- Ears: Big, broad at the base, highly set on the head, pointed. Full of hair and if possible tipped.
- Eyes: Large, in almond, put slightly in oblique. All colours are accepted, in compliance with the colour of the coat.
- Neck: Rather long, slim and gracious.
- Body: Long, fine, muscular with a narrow chest and finely-boned built. Same breadth for shoulders and hips, the croup being slightly higher than shoulders.
- Legs: Long, delicate. Hinder legs longer than front legs. Small round or oval feet. Tufts of hair between fingers.
- Tail: Long, in proportion with the body.
- Coat: Half-long hair. A fine silky texture with very little to no undercoat. Longer hair in the ruff, upper hind legs and under the belly, where it can be slightly curled. The ruff is not developed before the age of one year. All colours are accepted with any quantity of white, to the exception of chocolate, lilac, cinnamone, fawn, and colourpoint and Burmese. White colour is the most appraised.
- Remarks: No marriage are allowed with any other breed.
- Defaults: Heavy build lacking grace, Persian type body, cobby. Head either too round or Oriental. Break in the profile. Green eyes are only allowed on white, silver or golden cats.
- General aspect: Medium size. Weight: 2,5 to 5 kg (5 to 10lbs). Long fine body, graceful and elegant. Long or half-long haired coat.