Turkish Angora

Turkish angora is an elegant and beautiful medium-sized cat. The coat is half-length and is longest on the neck and tail. The coat is easy to take care of, silky and soft, and does not require continuous brushing or washing. The wide spectrum of allowed colors make sure that an eye-pleasing cat can be found for every taste.

The Turkish angora is a very active, social and friendly cat, who especially enjoys climbing and jumping up in high places. I've also heard someone compare them to border collies for their activity level. The eloquent and curious angora wants to explore everything and lurk in every corner they fit to. Generally, the angoras are still playful in old age, so they can be long-lasting playmates and walk buddies, if you teach them at a young age to use a harness.

However, it should be remembered that angoras do not have an undercoat, so they will get cold if the weather is cold and should not be allowed outside for long periods of time in winter.

Just like every dog breed, also cats have inherited diseases and abnormalities. Mostly, the diseases are inherited recessively, meaning that such tendencies can not be identified by appearance. Because cats can carry these recessive “disease” genes without being sick themselves, it may happen that two cats that are healthy are mated and produce progeny with hereditary diseases. So for the kitten to be sick it would have to be an unlucky individual and inherit this recessive gene from both of its parents. Often these obscure hereditary diseases will not start showing signs until the cat has already passed the kitten and teenage years.

The inheritable diseases of the angora include cardiac diseases (HCM) and deafness due to white color gene, which is common among angoras. Deafness is associated with white cats will be tested with BAER. Cardiac diseases are being studied with ultrasound, because the gene for this disease has not yet been found so as to be identified by DNA testing.