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- Elegant and finely-boned
- Soft, silky coat
- Comes in a wide array of colors in the solid, shaded, smoke, tabby, bi-color and parti-color patterns
- Smart, loving, playful, adaptable, graceful, energetic
- Accept dogs and other pets in the house, but is often the "alpha" pet
- Healthy breed
- Needs boosters by 12 weeks old
- Annual vet visit for checkups is important
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Does best indoors
- Needs sufficient scratching device
- Declawing is not recommended
- Kittens are available after 12-16 weeks
- Comb once or twice a week with a fine-toothed comb or slicker brush
- Like all longhaired breeds, they lose some coat during the summer months, when more frequent combing may be needed to prevent hairballs
- Trim nails regularly
- For many years, all longhaired cats were referred to simply as "Angoras"
- Originated in the mountainous regions of Turkey
- This is where it most likely developed its unusually soft, medium-long coat for protection against the harsh winters
- It is possible that it evolved from the Manul cat, a small feline domesticated by the Tartars
- This pure, natural breed can trace its written history as far back as 16th century France
- In the early 1900s, it was used indiscriminately in Persian breeding programs and virtually disappeared as a separate breed
- In the 1950s, at the Ankara Zoo, the Turkish Angora was discovered by American servicemen and reintroduced to the cat fancy