Turkish Angora - TUA
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Turkish Angora is a graceful but powerful cat of natural origin, with its unique silky single coat.
Top of head
Small to medium sized, smooth, slightly modified wedge, with flat planes. Flat top of the head.
Muzzle and chin
The fine muzzle should be a continuation of the smooth lines of the wedge. Chin is firm, gently rounded, its tip forming a perpendicular line with the nose.
Profile consists of two planes formed by the flat top head and the line of the nose meeting at a soft angle slightly above the eyes.
The eyes are large and broad almond-shaped. They are set at a slight slant.
Large, wide at base, tufted, and slightly pointed. Set high on the head, vertical and erect .
Size and boning
The medium sized cat has a fine bone structure with well developed muscles. The body is slightly elongated and svelte.
Long and slender, foreign in type. Shoulders should be the same width as the hips. Narrow chest.
Slim, graceful, medium in length.
Legs and paws
Long, slender but well muscled. Feet are small, oval and in proportion with legs. Toe tufts are desirable.
Tapering from a wide base to a narrow end. Long in proportion to body. With full plume.
Semi-long. Medium-long on the body, long at the frill and tail .
Single, silky and sleek, glossy, with a crisp top coat and almost without undercoat.
The colours not belonging to the original gene pool (chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, caramel, colourpointed, sepia and mink colours as well as their combinations with white) are not recognized. All other colours and patterns are recognized. Any amount of white is permitted.
Special breed faults
Break in profile.
Extremely elongated, oriental type or cobby type.
Allowances should be made for the following in mature male cats: jowls, a slightly broader head, and a slightly wider ear set. Adult males may be larger than adult females. Kittens and young adults may not be in full coat until after their first winter and the britches and ruff may take 2-3 years to develop. Kittens may have a growth bump on the ridge/forehead or the end of their nose. Gentle slope in profile.
Cross-breeding with any other breed is prohibited.