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August 30th, 2018, 07:36 AM
Turkish Angora cats are considered a national treasure in Turkey, but they almost disappeared in the early 20th century.

Lackadaisical breeders determined that Turkish Angora cats were merely Persian cats with more desirable coats, and they crossbred the two until the Turkish Angoras were nearly bred out of existence. That's when the city zoo in Ankara, Turkey, stepped in to rescue its namesake breed (Angora being an earlier name for Ankara) and return it to its rightful place in the feline world.


American servicemen stationed in Turkey during the 1950s spread the word about Turkish Angoras back at home. In 1962, the Ankara Zoo gave a pair of Turkish Angoras to Colonel and Mrs. Walter Grant: an odd-eyed white male and an amber-eyed white female. The feline duo became the foundation of a breeding program in the United States.

Turkish Angoras with blue eyes are prone to deafness, though it is common for the cats to have one blue eye and another of a different color (usually referred to as "odd-colored eyes"). In the latter case, the feline is likely deaf on the side with the blue eye.


The breed is fond of water and known for its excellent swimming abilities. It may be spotted lurking around your pool or shower.