But it was in England that the Turkish angora started interesting
breeders. The famous judge Mr H. WEIR described that race of cats
in his works "Our cats and all about them " (1889) , the
best are pure-white with blue eyes, colours vary, but the black
and the blue which must have orange eyes, are in next choice after
the white ones.
Colours will always cause
a problem for this race. Indeed 9 years after H. Weir’s book came
out, it was decided to accept only white Turkish angoras.
This colour problem came
back again and again and causes contreverse even now.
After these annoying beginnings things went wrong for the angora
cats. The English breeders started crossing their angoras with
Afghan cats with long woolly fur to make a Persan cat. They succeeded
marvellously. More than they could wish for to obtain that lovely
cat we all know. But if the Persan had great success, the poor
Turkish angora got forgotten. Nobody spoke about them, "angora"
suggested any type of cat with long hair, the public used the
name angora (and still do) to talk about a persan or of any cat
with long hair. Many alley cats, coming from crossing long hair
cats are called "angora" wrongly but often they are not geniune
In Turkey people were upset
at seeing the British abandon the angora, which they had liked
so very much. At the end of the 2nd world war, Ankara
zoo wanted to save its National angora (named Ankara Kedi – cat
from Ankara). They forbade its exportation and chose 30 angoras
with blue eyes, amber eyes, green eyes and odd eyes.
They could have stagnated
a long time if the Americans hadn’t suddenly got interested in
In 1962 a couple of Americans,
Colonel and Mrs Walter Grant of the US Army got special permission
to take a couple of these cats to america. There was a white male
with odd eyes "Yildiz" (Star) and a white female with amber eyes
The first american litter
of Turkish angoras were born a few months later. There was Mustapha,
a white male with odd eyes and Shuna Aïsha a white female
with amber eyes. They were registered in a book of American origin,
the CFA. The race was thus recognised officially.
In 1967 we noticed the first
re-appearance of the 3 Turkish angoras at a yearly meeting of
the CFA in Los Angeles.
Towards the end of the sixties,
a small group of breeders founded "the Original Turkish Angora
Society" to promote the pure white Turkish angora. From then onwards,
the race started spreading in different European countries. In
Holland, in France…
Many american breeders wanted
to priveledge white, as in Europe the International Feline Federation
did (FIFE). They didn’t accept any other colour. On the over hand
in 1978 numerous varieties of colours were allowed by the CFA
followed by several independant European clubs. Now we can admire
black angoras, blue, red, cream, smoke, tabbies, two colours,
calico, in fact about every known colour except the colourpoint
Today the French breeders
possess more and more sorts of colours. Even though it is more
difficult for these angoras to get into to exhibitions, compared
to the white angoras, it still remains a necessity to keep breeding
them to avoid deaf kittens being born into the world.