Turkish Angora Breed Standard

The Turkish Angora Breed Standard is discussed here, informally, with reference to probably the best photographs in a bumper slide show of large format images – Slide show loading 2-3 seconds……
I use the CFA Turkish Angora breed standard. I also use my own words, which are less formal and I don’t make an attempt to cover the entire standard as this is meant to be an overview of the cat and how she should look when looked at critically.

The slide show includes a picture of Mr Spotts. Helmi Flick the photographer of all the photographs in the slide show, above, says he is not typey so have a look and see a great cat, but not one that would win in competition, it seems.

I said this cat is intelligent and elegant on the other page of this website. The standard reflects this by stating that she should be “graceful” and the body should be “firm” “long” and “muscular” and “lithe”. I think you would agree that the body is the opposite almost to cobby. It is fine and perhaps a little rangy in comparison to the mixed-breed cats.

The head should be “small to medium”. This is seems serves to enhance the sense of elegance. The nose meets the forehead without a break. This is evident in all the cats and can be seen in the second cat, Caleb, in the show. Saphira, the first and last cat in the slide show is very “typey” (of the correct appearance) and you can clearly see the smaller than average head on her elegant body. And she has a WOW tail, beautifully captured by Helmi.

The color of the eyes of the Turkish Angora ahould be: odd-eyes (copper/blue), coppr, gold, yellow, hazel, green, aqua and blue (Legacy of the Cat page 173).

The tail should be “long and tapered”, with a “full brush”. Yes, Saphira has certainly passed that examination.

As you read through the breed standard at every stage one sees criteria that drives breeders to create or maintain what is thought to be the ideal look for this cat, namely elegance and a rather slim, light, conformation. For, example, the neck should be “slim” and “rather long”. The legs should be long and the paws “dainty”.

The cat would be disqualified in competition if she had a cobby type body. There is a very wide range of acceptable coat colors and I’ll refer you to the CFA page for that. The coat is a “single coat” meaning no undercoat, which allows the hairs to lie smoothly and close to the body (it should be silky). I think this is very apparent in the photograph of Nightingale particularly, where it seems that the hair is almost swept back.

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