Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Turkish Angora

Contributor(s): Karen Lawrence, Vetstream Ltd



  •   Turkish Angora 

General information

  • Originated from Western Turkey and the area around Ankara (formerly Angora). Cats were bought from Ankara Zoo and taken to America in 1962 where breeders started to revive the breed.
  • The breed almost disappeared as a separate breed in the early 1900s when it was used for breeding with the Persian.
  • Not currently recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) but recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA).
  • Highly intelligent, affectionate and outgoing cats. Make devoted and loyal companions. Can become bored and lonely if left alone for long periods.
  • Requires only minimal grooming (once a week recommended).

Biological data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information


  • Visit the Cat Fanciers' Association website to search for details of CFA Affiliated cat clubs - www.cfa.org.
  • Turkish Angora Fanciers International (TAFI) - www.turkishangora.org.


  • Visit the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy website to search for details of GCCF Affiliated cat clubs - www.gccfcats.org.