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Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora Cat Breed Profile

Weight 5.5-11 lbs (2.5-5 kg)
Origin Turkey
Color White, black, blue, red; multi-colored
Fur Long, silky
Lifespan 9-14 years
Personality Charming, intelligent, sporty, funny

Turkish Angora Photo: Anastasia Koro/Shutterstock

Breed Characteristics

The Turkish Angora is a cute, elegant and very resolute cat with high intelligence. By the way: they are the oldest long-haired cat breed, kind of making them the “mothers” of all long-haired cats.

Personality and Temperament

Once these cats have something in their heads, they’re doing it. No bookshelf is too high, and no door too closed. They’re very lively, playful and active. They love jumping around everything and watching things from on high. If they think they can help their humans with something, they’ll be at your side right away, trying to solve the problem in their own way.


The Turkish Angora is very friendly, cheerful, open and sociable. They like to purr, sit on your lap, cuddle on your shoulder on the sofa and “ride” on humans’ shoulders. Sometimes they behave more like dogs, walking “to heel” as they follow their owners around.

Turkish Angora Photo: Anastasia Koro/Shutterstock

Keeping Them Happy

The Turkish Angora doesn’t like being left alone or being left to its own devices. To get attention, they sometimes even chew things. You should take things with a pinch of salt and a sense of humor and don’t lose your patience if your Turkish Angora keeps on throwing up surprises. Otherwise, you’d be better off with a calmer cat breed.

They prefer living in a household with another cat or a dog.

Turkish Angora Photo: Helen Bloom/Shutterstock


Pros and Cons


  • Cuddly
  • Affectionate
  • Very active
  • Very playful
  • Very intelligent


  • Requires a lot of grooming

Turkish Angora Photo: kolyadzinskaya/


The Turkish Angora is a medium-sized, slim cat with long legs and large ears. They have silky, long but low-maintenance coats and bushy tails. These cats are often white but can also have black or red fur. Their eyes are almond-shaped and can be blue, green, gold or amber. There are cats with different colored eyes, e.g. one blue and one gold.

Turkish Angora Photo: Anastasia Koro/Shutterstock


The Turkish Angora comes from Turkey and came to Europe in the 16th century, where it was the first long-haired cat. What a sensation! In 1954, it made its way to America, where it was recognized as a breed in 1973.

Fun Facts

The Turkish Angora was named for Ankara, the Turkish capital. It was called Angora up until 1930.

Comparable Breeds

Turkish Angora Photo: Anastasia Koro/Shutterstock