Cat Breeds

Turkish Angora

Are you looking to get a new cat soon? Great! You may want to consider a

purebred cat. There are many breeds that can be found in this country, each with its own

characteristic appearance and temperament and history. Think carefully about what you

would characteristics you would like to see in your new companion. Perhaps you would

care to consider:

Turkish Angora

Beautiful and rare, the elegant Turkish Angora is considered a national treasure in

its home country of Turkey. The breeds name came from the former Turkish capital,

Angora, now called Ankara. The Turkish Angora probably originated in the mountains of

Turkey. This graceful breed may have descended from the Manul cat, which was a small

cat domesticated by the Tartars. Turkish Angoras can be traced back in European

writings to 16th century France. The breed was enormously popular with French and

British nobility in the 1700s. Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI as well as King Louis

XV are said to have been Turkish Angora fanciers. The breed almost disappeared entirely

in the early 1900s due to indiscriminate interbreeding with Persians to the point where

nearly all longhaired cats were referred to as Angoras. Fortunately, Turkish breeders

continued controlled breeding of this lovely breed. In the 1950s, American servicemen

discovered Turkish Angoras at the Ankara Zoo. These servicemen reintroduced the

Turkish Angora to cat fanciers everywhere. All modern Turkish Angoras must trace their

ancestry to Turkey.

Turkish Angoras, though highly prized, are unfortunately rather rare even in their

lands of origin. They are loving, playful and very adaptable to many situations. This

breed is very friendly and outgoing. They coexist well with dogs. Turkish Angoras are

often the first to greet guests and are known to stick around to visit with them. Turkish

Angoras make outstanding family pets. This breed is also famous for its tendency to bond

strongly with one special human. Once that bond is formed, this cat will be an always

present, always affectionate companion.

Elegant and graceful, this breeds' most distinguishing feature is its beautiful coat.

White is the most popular color but many others colors are available and are becoming

more popular with time. The Turkish Angoras long haired, single layered coat is soft and

silky. It rarely mats or tangles and so requires little grooming. Most owners do use a fine

toothed comb their cats a couple times a week anyway, to get rid of loose hair and reduce

the likelihood of hairballs. Being a natural breed, they are also very healthy cats.

These cats are highly intelligent and need to have lots of interaction with their

people or they tend to get bored. It's a good idea to have another lively feline playmate

for The Turkish Angora to play with when you are away. Otherwise, she is liable to get

into mischief.

The Turkish Angora cat is a breed whose cheerful ways continue to charm people

every day. Give the Turkish Angora cat a closer look. This breed is considered the most

outgoing and affectionate of all cat breeds. This cats' grace and energy would make it a

lovely and entertaining pet. This cat may be exactly what you are looking for in a new

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