Turkish Angora




8"- 10"

Adult Weight

5-10 pounds

Life Span

15-18 years


Playful, affectionate, intelligent, friendly




Small to medium-sized long-haired


$1000 - $2000

Personality and Temperament

Also known as the Ankara cat, the Turkish Angora has a marvelous personality to match its stunning appearance. Highly intelligent, just a little bit talkative, and beloved for their tendency to develop complete devotion for their favorite person, these cats like to be in the middle of everything, often watching the action without actually joining in. Of course, Turkish Angora cats do have a playful streak, curiously investigating cupboards, drawers, empty boxes, and everything else they can find their way into. They love games of chase, and can even learn to play fetch. The more you praise a Turkish Angora and applaud their antics, the happier they’ll be and the stronger your bond will become. The Turkish Angora is one of a few breeds that enjoy water. These cats have a fondness for faucets, and given the opportunity, will happily accompany their people into the shower or sit on the side of the bathtub, perhaps dipping a paw to create mesmerizing ripples. Some individuals have even been known to swim! Although the Turkish Angora cat enjoys attention, members of this breed are a bit less demanding than some other breeds like the Siamese and Oriental Shorthair. As long as Turkish Angoras have plenty of toys to keep them entertained throughout the day, they’re fine with spending time on their own and will greet you with great enthusiasm when you return from a long day at work.


Turkish Angora cats don’t have any special nutritional needs, however it’s best to offer a high-quality food that contains real meat or real fish as the number one ingredient. You might want to look for a brand that incorporates additional omega fatty acids to support skin and coat health.
Despite having a medium-long coat, the Turkish Angora does a fairly good job of keeping itself groomed. Since Turkish Angora cats have single coats with no heavy undercoat, they are not prone to developing mats. Of course, you’re welcome to offer a daily brushing, which your cat will appreciate. Not only is this a great opportunity to bond with your cat, you’ll catch any small tangles.
Turkish Angora cats love to play, particularly when others get involved. These cats love to chase balls and catnip mice, and they’re fond of teaser wands, too. You’ll want to treat your Turkish Angora to a cat tree that satisfies their instinctual need to climb, and they’ll certainly appreciate other cat furniture, such as scratching posts and window seats. A well-stocked basket of toys will keep your Turkish Angora entertained.
As a natural cat breed, the Turkish Angora is generally healthy. A few rare conditions can affect Turkish Angoras, including ataxia, an inherited condition that is autosomal recessive. Affected kittens display tremors and typically do not survive to adulthood.


Affection Level 80%
Activity Level 80%
Pet-Friendly 60%
Kid-Friendly 60%
Sociability 80%
Intelligence 80%
Playfulness 80%
Independence 40%
Vocality 20%
Grooming 60%


The Turkish Angora cat evolved naturally in the mountains of Turkey many hundreds of years ago. The earliest written records of the breed trace back to France in the 1500s. Long-haired cats made their way to Britain and France as early as the late 1500s, coming from Russia, Persia, and Turkey. It’s likely that some of these were Turkish Angoras. In the early 20th century, European cat fanciers and breeders bred Angora cats to other long-haired breeds, including Persians. Before long, so much interbreeding had taken place that purebred Turkish Angora cats nearly became extinct. The cats were impossible to find outside of Turkey, where the breed is considered to be a national treasure. In the early 1900s, Turkey’s government and the Ankara Zoo developed a breeding program aimed at preserving the Angora cat breed. White Angora cats with blue eyes, gold eyes, or odd eyes (one blue eye and one eye in green, green-gold, or amber) were a main focus of the breeding program. In 1962, a U.S. Army colonel named Walter Grant was stationed in Turkey. He and his wife exported a pair of Turkish Angora cats to the United States. These cats came with pedigrees and interest in the breed grew rapidly. Even though it was difficult to import Angora cats, more breeders joined the effort and these beautiful cats once again proliferated in the West. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) accepted Turkish Angora cats for registration in 1968, and in 1970, allowed provisional competition. In 1972, CFA granted the Turkish Angora championship status; however, this only applied to white Angoras. In 1978, CFA accepted all Turkish Angora cat colors for championship. All CFA Angora cats must have lineage that can be traced back to Turkey. Today, the Turkish Angora is recognized by major cat registries worldwide.

The Breed Standard


The Turkish Angora has a graceful, balanced appearance. The torso is long, fine-boned, and muscular. Females are often smaller than males.


The head is small to medium sized, in good proportion to the body, with a medium-long, smooth wedge shape. The muzzle continues the wedge shape, neither pinching in at the whiskers nor forming prominent whisker pads. The nose is of medium length, the chin is gently rounded, and the neck is slim, graceful, and long. Males might exhibit more prominent jowls than females.


The eyes are large and almond shaped, with a slight upward slant. All eye colors are acceptable, including odd eyes. Deeper, richer colors are desirable.


The Turkish Angora has large ears with wide bases, prominent tufts, and pointed tips. The ears are erect and set high on the head.

Legs & Paws

The legs are long and graceful, with the hind legs slightly longer than the forelegs. The paws are small, round, and elegant, with preference given to cats that exhibit tufts between their toes.


The Turkish Angora cat has a long, tapered tail with a full brush.


The Turkish Angora cat has a single coat with longer hair at the tail and ruff. The hind legs exhibit longer hair that forms britches.


All colors and patterns are acceptable. Lockets and buttons are permitted. Nose leather and paw pad color complement the cat’s coat color.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much do Turkish Angora cats cost?

    How much do Turkish Angora cats cost?A pet-quality Turkish Angora kitten usually costs anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500.
  • Why are Turkish Angora cats so expensive?

    Why are Turkish Angora cats so expensive?Turkish Angora kittens are more expensive than non-pedigreed kittens because responsible breeders spend a lot of time and money caring for their adult breeding Turkish Angora cats to ensure they are healthy, temperamentally sound, and good representations of the breed.
  • Are Turkish Angora cats good pets?

    Are Turkish Angora cats good pets?Turkish Angora cats are wonderful pets. They are affectionate with their favorite humans, but not clingy or overly demanding. Turkish Angora cats are curious, playful, and love to observe everything that goes on around them. This breed generally gets along with other pets, but might act a bit dominant.
  • Are Turkish Angora cats cuddly?

    Are Turkish Angora cats cuddly?Turkish Angora cats do enjoy a snuggle, but on the whole they are not overly clingy. Some Turkish Angora cats like to hang out close by but not necessarily in your lap. All cats are individuals, regardless of breed, and some might enjoy cuddling more than others.
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