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The Turkish Angora is a semi-longhaired cat that originated in Turkey. Cats from a breeding program in the Ankara Zoo were brought back to the United States in 1962, kindling interest in this ancient breed.

They are long-bodied and graceful with a fine, silky coat. Although white is the most well-known color, they come in a variety of additional colors and patterns.

This breed is intelligent and quick-witted, as well as active and agile. "Turkeys" can be very opinionated and stubborn; it is difficult to change their minds once they have formed an idea. Those who live with them claim that Turks are one of the only breeds with a sense of humor. They need active play and can become bored if left alone for long periods of time.

They are not large cats, averaging between 5 and 9 pounds. Like almost all other breeds, of cat, females tend to be smaller than males.

Some Turkish Angora breeders import cats from Turkey, where they are still highly prized. Such new blood is an important source of outcrosses for this remarkable and beautiful breed. A breeder advertising "imported lines" usually means they are using foundation stock from Turkey.



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