Although most people think of the Turkish Angora as a white cat, it in fact comes in all colors except those that would indicate hybridization with another breed: chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, and the 'pointed' colors derived from the Siamese or Burmese. You can find Turkish Angoras in black, blue, red, cream, silver, smoke, tortoiseshell, blue-cream, and all the shades of tabby, as well as these colors with white trim.
The hallmark of the Turkish Angora is refined, athletic grace. Come home from work, and be greeted by a Turk leaping to your shoulders, purring (not a claw out of place, either). Make dinner, and watch a Turk make a 9-foot leap (from a standing start, no less) to the top of a cabinet (and make it look easy) to supervise ('Is that salmon for dinner?')
In the experience of this author (spanning a half-dozen years and as many breeds), the Turkish Angora is the only one to exhibit a genuine sense of humor. Of course, whether you will think your Turk's jokes are funny is quite a different matter....
How big do they get?
Turkish Angoras run between 5-9 pounds.
Do the sweaters come from the cats?
Answer: Uh, no. Angora sweaters come from Angora goats or Angora rabbits. The only things that come from a Turkish Angora are love, affection, and (when in a careful and knowledgable breeding program) more Turkish Angoras. :-)
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GENERAL: the ideal Turkish Angora is a balanced, graceful cat with a fine, silky coat that shimmers with every movement, in contrast to the firm, long muscular body beneath it.
HEAD: Size: small to medium, in balance with the length of the body and extremities. Shape: a medium long, smooth wedge. Allowance is to be made for jowls. Profile: two planes formed by a flat top head and the line of the nose meeting at an angle slightly above the eyes. NO BREAK.
MUZZLE: a continuation of the smooth lines of the wedge with neither pronounced whisker pad nor pinch.
EARS: large, wide at base, pointed, and tufted. Set closely together, high on the head, vertical and erect.
EYES: large, almond-shaped, slanting slightly upward with open expression.
EYE COLOR: eye color can be any shade of green, gold, green-gold, copper, blue, or odd-eyed. There is no relationship between eye color and coat color. Uniformity and depth of eye-color should be taken into consideration as a part of the overall head score, with deeper, richer color preferred.
NOSE: medium in length.
NECK: slim, graceful and rather long.
CHIN: firm, gently rounded. Tip in profile to form perpendicular line with nose.
BODY: medium size, however, overall balance, grace and fineness of bone are more important than actual size. Males may be slightly larger than females. Torso long and slender. Shoulders the same width as hips. Rump slightly higher than shoulders. Finely boned with firm muscularity.
LEGS: long. Hind legs longer than front.
PAWS: small, round and dainty. Tufts between toes preferable.
TAIL: long and tapering from a wide base to a narrow end, with a full brush.
COAT: single coated. Length of body coat varies, but tail and ruff should be long, full, finely textured and have a silk-like sheen. "Britches" should be appparent on the hind legs.
BALANCE: proportionate in all physical aspects with a graceful, lithe appearance.
PENALIZE: obviously oversized, coarse appearance.
DISQUALIFY: cobby body type. Kinked or abnormal tail. Crossed eyes.
Colors: any color or pattern is allowable with the exception of those showing hybridization resulting in the colors chocolate, lavender, the Himalayan pattern, or these combinations with white.
Turkish Angora allowable outcross breeds: none.
A breed called the 'Angora' is recognized in the UK by the GCCF, but it is a man-made 'recreation' and not a true Turkish Angora. Siamese and other breeds were used to produce solid-color longhaired cats with the type of the Siamese. Most American fanciers would refer to this as an Oriental Longhair.
For a list of electronically-available Turkish Angora breeders, please visit the Breeders Referral List at http://www.breedlist.com/.
You may continue to the Fanciers' page or to the Ambar Cattery page.