History and Appearance
The Turkish Angora is one of the ancient cat breeds, having originated in central Turkey, in the Ankara region. The breed has been documented as early as the 17th century. They have also been an inspiration in Hollywood, Walt Disney's 1970 film Aristocats being based on a family of Angora cats.
Turkish Angora cats have long, silky coats and elegant, sinuous bodies. Though the Turkish Angora is best known for a shimmery white coat, Turkish Angora cats can display a variety of colors. Eyes may be blue, green, amber, yellow, or heterochromatic (e.g., one blue and one amber or green). Ears are pointed, large and wide-set. The eyes are almond shaped and the profile forms two straight planes. The plumed tail is often carried upright, perpendicular to the back.
The Turkish Angora personality makes the breed especially desirable. Turkish Angora cats are playful, intelligent, athletic and involved.
Turkish Angora cats bond extremely well with humans, and are kind with all members of the family - including small children.