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With its great intelligence and beautiful white coat, it is easy to see why the Turkish Angora is a national treasure in its country of origin. Beloved in its native Turkey, the Turkish Angora is possibly the only domestic cat kept and bred in a zoo. For a time, these magnificent, intelligent and regal cats were thought to be deaf (more on this later) and were so heavily used in crossbreeding to create the Persian breed that they almost became extinct. Although still a rare breed today, the Turkish Angora has a devoted following around the world among people who desire a soft, visually magnetic long-haired cat. The Turkish Angora is a medium-sized cat with a slender, delicate appearance, according to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). Angoras from the Angora Zoo in Ankara, Turkey, have a slightly stockier build, but all Angoras have a dignified and regal disposition and behave gracefully.
According to the CFA, the Angora’s coat is long and very soft, and comes in a wide variety of colours and variations. White is traditionally the most popular – and the only colour produced at Ankara Zoo – but Turkish Angoras can also be found in black, red, brown and grey, as well as brindle, tortoiseshell and bicolour variations.
Their heads are small and rounded, with broad ears and large, almond-shaped eyes in amber, green, blue or a heterochromatic combination of blue/amber or blue/green.
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