Cat breed Turkish Angora
The Turkish Angora or Angora cat has long been the most popular breed in our country, until Russia was overwhelmed by the Persian cat fashion.
The Angora cat is a very ancient breed that came to us from ancient times. She has changed over the years, but her grace, aristocracy and extraordinary fur coat remained unchanged.
Turkish Angora originated naturally. It originated from the Libyan cat that lived in the steppe regions of the Middle East and Africa. Representatives of the wild Libyan cat gave rise to all existing breeds of cats on earth. Ancestors of modern Turkish angora became cats, whose population was formed in Turkey. The cat took its name from the former name of the capital of Turkey, Angora - this is the old name of Ankara.
For the first time, Turkish cats came to Europe thanks to the Italian traveler, who drew attention to the unusual cats with long hair, during his trip to the Middle East. In Europe, they did not know about long-haired cats.He brought these cats to Europe, where they immediately came to taste the Italian nobility. These long-haired "beauties" were for Europeans a real exotic compared to the usual short-haired. Soon the cats came to France, where they immediately found their place at the royal court. And then moved to other royal houses in Europe. Angora cats quickly spread throughout Europe, became favorites of the nobility, were considered a very expensive gift. Keeping these cats was fashionable and honorable. A little later, Angora cats came to Russia, where they also settled in rich and noble houses. In Russia, Angora cats have become even more popular than in Europe. Then they did not even think about breeding cats, so the breed remained unchanged for a long time.
By the beginning of the twentieth century, cats were on the verge of extinction due to indiscriminate interbreeding with other breeds. At the beginning of the twentieth century in Europe began a movement for the restoration of the breed. Crossing with the Persian breed led to the weighting of the cat and the formation of undercoat. The Second World War prevented further work on the breed. Breeders continued their work only in the 60s.Despite the efforts of breeders, the Angora cat remained squat and too fluffy. Too small a number of breeding cats and mating only of white cats led to the development of deafness. Colored cats were not recognized. And only in 1978, colored angora received recognition. It was not possible to fully restore the original look of the Turkish Angora. Work on the restoration of the breed is being carried out now, for which breeding animals are taken from Turkey.
The Russian population of cats developed at that time regardless of the European one and managed to keep the breed almost pure.
Angora cats have a small or medium size, slender, flexible, graceful body, thin legs and small oval feet. The head is a small wedge-shaped. Narrow muzzle, almond-shaped big eyes. Often there are individuals with eyes of different colors. The ears are large, closely spaced. The coat is adjacent to the body, soft and silky, the undercoat is almost absent. On the neck there is a collar. The tail is long tapering towards the end. All colors are allowed, but the most common is white.
The nature of this breed
About the Angora cat we can say that this cat has character.She is very emotional, actively uses her gentle voice to express feelings.
The Turkish Angora is a very agile and active cat. She spends most of her time playing games. Her movements are smooth and graceful. The games of the Angora cat lead to disorder in the house, people who are used to cleanliness and order are better off choosing another breed. Turkish Angora loves toys that imitate living mice, it can spend hours throwing them, jumping on them, hiding in secluded places. Angora games are very interesting to watch from the sidelines. Angora loves to climb to a height, and, as a rule, it masters all the high places in an apartment.
The Angora cat is distinguished by intelligence, and, in spite of its graceful appearance, has a strong and determined character. If the cat wants to achieve his, she will not back down and go to the end. Her tenacity is almost impossible to resist.
Turkish Angora is a good swimmer. Not all Angoras love water, but those who since childhood have been accustomed to water swim with great joy.
Angora affectionate, sociable and friendly, but do not like to sit on their hands. Even if you put the cat on its knees, it will immediately fall off and run away.
Angora cat strongly attached to the owner, and suffers when left alone. She should be given a lot of time, or get a second moving cat.
Turkish Angora has good health from nature. Many purebred white cats suffer from deafness, which is a genetic disease.
Caring for the Turkish Angora cat
Caring for an Angora cat does not take much time. Care of the hair is reduced to combing once a week. The cat is devoid of thick undercoat, so the wool is not prone to stalling. White cats need bathing.
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