Turkish Angora is perhaps one of the oldest cat
breeds and can be traced back further than any other breed. It has its origin in Turkey
and named after the country's capital which was previously called Angora.
After a trip to Turkey in the 1600s century, brought the Italian explorer Pietro Della Valle some Turkish Angora cats
with him to Italy. Some of these were given to the French royal family as gifts.
There are paintings from this period depicting Turkish Angoras. To distinguish it from other cats renamed Linnè it "Cattus angorensis" in
the 1700's. Even in Persia were longhaired cats resembling Turkish
Angora, and in the 1800s there were many who traveled between the Middle East and brought on board longhaired cats home to Europe.
In the 1870s, when one began with cat shows in England was the category for longhaired very popular. Despite the fact that the Persian and
Angora already had developed major differences, there were many breeders who did not distinguish breeds
when females came into heat. Thus, the two breeds mixed and
generally judged as longhairs with equal standard.
This led to, that an American Persian breeder, Dorothy Champion,
came with recommendations that "termen`Àngora` rarely, if ever should
be bred. Since a typical Turkish Angora barely existed.
In 1940s created the Turkish government
a breeding program to save the breed, which was now threatened with extinction. The breeding started at Ankara Zoo, with assistance from the Zoo
in Izmir and Istanbul. According to legend, should Turkey's
ancestor Mustafa Kemal Ataturk be resurrected in the form of a white, deaf, odd-eyed
Turkish Angora male. So therefore bred one only of such
to begin with. In 1962 came the first Turkish Angoras to America, through
military stationed in Ankara. In 1973 the Turkish Angora recognized
as breed of CFA, but then only in white. Since there
was born cats of other colors as well, the standard was changed in 1978
to that all colors should be allowed in Turkish Angoras. FIFe approved Turkish Angora as breed in 1988.
Through several imports from Turkey has
gained a wide breeding base. In Europe, these beautiful cats
becoming common. Here in the Nordic countries, there are still not that many, but this is a breed constantly expanding.