Turkish Angoras are beautiful cats with distinct features that make them recognizable as the pure, ancient breed that they are.
However, if you’re looking to purchase a Turkish Angora, you’ll want to make sure it’s actually purebred and you’re not getting duped.
Maybe you have your own cat and are wondering if they have some Turkish Angora in them.
This guide will help you recognize the breed from their appearance and personality.
How To Identify A Turkish Angora
If you’re looking to tell if your cat is a Turkish Angora, or want to check one when considering buying, there are some key traits you can look for.
Turkish Angora Coat Color
The main one is their medium to long coat that makes them appear more fluffy than silky.
This coat can come in a variety of colors, so it’s hard to tell if that color makes them a Turkish Angora.
The most common coat color is white, so if your cat has a white, long, silky coat, it’s very likely that they’re a Turkish Angora.
Other colors include:
The cat could also be any possible combination of these — for example, a bicolor black and white cat might be a Turkish Angora.
Turkish Angora Eye Color
A few eye colors are also possible, though the most coveted is when the eyes are two different colors.
Possible colors include:
Turkish Angoras with blue eyes are in danger of being deaf due to lack of pigment.
If you’re purchasing a cat with a white coat and blue eyes, be sure to ask questions about the testing that’s been done.
Even if it’s just one eye that’s blue, they might be deaf in that ear.
Turkish Angoras are similar in size to Domestic Shorthair cats, but tend to have a more elegant stature.
Turkish Angora Personality
The personality of a cat depends a lot on their socialization and upbringing as a young kitten, but there are some traits typical to the Turkish Angora that might give you a hint about a cat’s breed.
They’re very playful and sweet, and require lots of exercise and room to run.
Like a lot of cats, however, they can become easily upset by changes to their routine and environment, so they require extra care.
If a cat seems even more averse to change than the average feline, it might be because they have some Turkish Angora in them.
How Do I Know If My Cat Is Turkish Angora?
If your cat is a Turkish Angora, it will likely be slightly larger than the average cat, have a silky long coat, and may also be white, as that is the most common coat color.
They will also have a long, elegant body.
Your cat may be part Turkish Angora. Although responsible breeders will rarely mix purebred cats due to possible health repercussions, Turkish Angoras have been mixed with Domestic Shorthair cats in the past.
If your cat has some traits of a Turkish Angora but doesn’t quite fit everything, it may be that the line has been diluted.
For around $100, you can take a DNA sample of your cat and send it to a laboratory so they can identify which breeds came together in the cat’s lineage to form your pet.
As with anything, if you want a purebred Turkish Angora and are worried about being scammed by a cat that is not a purebred, you should choose a reputable breeder with great reviews.
You can find reputable breeders on the TICA website, and if you choose one of these you can be sure you’re getting a Turkish Angora.
What Is The Difference Between A Turkish Van And A Turkish Angora?
Turkish Vans are often confused with Turkish Angoras due to the similar name and the fact Turkish Vans are white — the most common Angora coat color. However, Turkish Vans are exclusively white, with different colors on their heads and tails only.
Turkish Vans are also considerably bigger than the Turkish Angora. While the Turkish Angora isn’t likely to exceed 12lb, the Turkish Van can reach up to 18lb!
Lastly, the Turkish Van also likes to swim, which is a personality trait definitely not often found in other breeds.
If you think you have an Angora who has an affinity for the water, you might want to check again…
It’s easy to confuse them, as they’re both ancient breeds from Turkey who might have been related at one point, but these key traits make them different.
If you’re worried about accidentally purchasing the wrong breed or being scammed into thinking your new cat is a Turkish Angora, be diligent.
Check for the typical Turkish Angora traits and feel free to ask questions.
If you’re wondering if your own cat might be a Turkish Angora (or partly), there are some traits and personality quirks to look out for — but ultimately, the only way to tell is to do a DNA test and find out just what the make-up of your cat is.