Beautiful and elegant, the Turkish Angora can surprise everyone with his intelligence. He likes to play and will do whatever is necessary to get and keep your attention, even if it means getting into a little trouble. Turkish Angora are not only intelligent, but extremely adaptable, loving and playful, which makes them an excellent choice for families with young children. They are easily trained, including deaf Turkish Angoras, both because of their intelligence and their desire to interact with humans.
Beneath the coat is a body that is firm, long and muscular. Legs are long, with the hind legs being longer than the front legs, and the paws are small, round and dainty, often with tufts of fur between the toes. The long tail tapers from a wide base to a narrow end.
The Turkish Angora is best known for his long, fine, silky coat, which seems to shimmer as he moves. The length of the coat varies, with the longest hair usually seen in the ruff around the neck, the tufts on the upper hind legs and the plumed tail. You may think of an Angora as being solid white, but the coat can also be other solid colors as well as tabby, tortoiseshell, calico or other patterns. They come in tabby and tabby-white, along with smoke varieties, and are in every color other than those that indicate cross breeding, such as pointed, chocolate and lavender. The eyes can be blue, green, gold, amber or odd (one blue eye and one green, green-gold or amber eye).
Genetic illness that is rare but known to the breed is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a cardiac condition usually found between the ages of 2 – 6, with males being affected more commonly and more severely than females.
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