TURKISH ANGORAS

Young white female
Blue tabby male
White, odd eyes male
Young black smoke female
Blue smoke male
Tortie female and kittens
White female
The natural breed of Turkish Angoras can trace its ancestry from Turkey. Angora originates from the name of the Turkish Capital "Angora" renamed Ankara in 1930.
Turkish Angoras were discovered in the 17th Century by an Italian traveller; Pietro de la Valle. The species which was so far unknown in Europe was brought back by the French naturalist Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc, who was seduced by this cat of a medium-length coat and was the first to initiate the breed.
This rare cat, possessing a natural elegance became a treasured gift within the 18th Century aristocracy. As was the case with Louis 15th and Marie-Antoinette, one should own at least one of these cats to maintain one's ranking.
Numerous artists were also fascinated by the cat's beauty. Jacques Bachelier immortalised it in one of his works named "A Turkish Angora watching a Bird". The cat also appeared on many 19th Century works of art such as Courbet's 1855 (Painting workshop) representing a Turkish Angora sitting at the feet of the artist and his model.
The cats also appeared in the naturalist works of Linné and Buffon who recognised them as a breed of their own, and named them "Catus Angorensis" alongside the domestic cat and Chartreux. Writings dating back 1856 by M. Lottin de la Val, President of the Imperial Acclimatation Society evoke the colour diversity of the Turkish Angora's coat in the breed's country of Origin.
The quality of its coat left no one indifferent to its shine and silky touch. It was used by the English to produce a new race; the Persian. The latter breed met with so much success that it dethroned Turkish Angoras to the point that they were excluded from feline exhibitions for several years.
At the start of the 20th Century the natural breed was on the verge of extinction. In order to safeguard a national treasure, after the second World War the Turkish authorities undertook a controlled breeding programme of the Turkish Angora.
Exporting these cats was formally prohibited, with penalties resulting in prison sentences. Regrettably, only the white members of its breed benefited from this protective measure in the Ankara Zoo.
It was only between 1959 and 1962 that American Mrs. Weed and Virginia and Thomas Torio acquired permission to obtain Turkish Angoras from the Ankara Zoo. The breed was brought back to Europe from America where it had been initiated.

For many years, determined breeders have undertaken a battle to ensure that the Turkish Angora is recognised for its rue value and preserved in its natural state, without any hybridising or mixing. They also selected coloured cats to breed with white cats, thus avoiding the problem of deafness which one encounters when white cats are interbred.

The cat is of medium size, slim and elegant, with a fine muscular body and lithe bones. The head is cuneiform, with no break (very slightly concave profile, without a stop, nose without a pinch). The ears are large, set high atop the head, preferably without tufts. The almond-shaped eyes (usually blue or green; some white cats are odd-eyed), point towards the base of the ears. Shoulders and hips are straight. The hind limbs are slightly higher than the front ones. The tail is long and bushy, large at the base and ending in a point.
Their single coat, silky, medium-length fur falls tightly along the body, and is longer around the ruff, belly, breeches and tail. In the absence of an undercoat, the fur is non-matting and only requires weekly brushing for its maintenance. However for exhibitions, bathing the cat is essential before the show. All colours are admitted except for the Siamese lavender.

Turkish Angoras are instinctual and extremely active, intelligent observing cats. Nothing escapes their attention. They follow you wherever you go, noticing your every move. With their agile paws, they will play with your pen or any tool which you are using, so as to help you in your work. Once they tire, they will settle on your lap to take a small nap; appearing scandalised if you place them elsewhere to carry on with your own business.
In other words, the Turkish Angora is a seductive, elegant cat with a luxurious coat and well worth discovering.

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