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Turkish Angora Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Turkish Angora
The area where the animal first came from
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
60cm (2ft)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
4.5kg (10lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
14 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Cream, Brown, Lilac, Fawn, White
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Affectionate, loving and playful

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Turkish Angora

The Turkish Angora is a breed of domestic cat natively found in Turkey. Turkish Angoras are one of the ancient, naturally-occurring cat breeds, having originated in central Turkey, in the Ankara region.

The Turkish Angora is mostly white in colour and has a silky, medium-long length coat, no undercoat and a fine bone structure. The Turkish Angora cat breed is also known to have bright blue eyes and occasionally eyes that are of a different colour (like one blue eye and one yellow eye).

There seems to be a connection between Ankara Cats and Persian cats and the Turkish Angora is also a distant cousin of the Turkish Van cat. Although the Turkish Angora does share some characteristics with the Persian cat, they are distinctly different species.

Although Turkish Angora cats are known for their shimmery white coat, currently there are more than twenty varieties including black, blue, reddish fur. They come in tabby and tabby-white, along with smoke varieties, and are in every colour other than pointed, lavender, and cinnamon.

The Turkish Angora cat is a popular domestic cat breed today mainly due to their usually white coat, blue eyes and their playful personality. Turkish Angora cats are active animals and are very loving and affectionate towards their owners.

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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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