The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.
The Angora was created in Britain from a mating between a Siamese and a Sorrel Abyssinian which carried the longhair gene. This Angora is not to be confused with the Turkish Angora. It is the semi-long-haired variety of the Oriental Shorthair. It has the temperament, body structure and elegance of the Oriental cats, including a tendency towards loud and persistent vocals. They have inherited this from the Siamese element in their breeding program.
Angoras are lithe and balanced of body with the long legs and almond eyes of their Oriental ancestry, and similarly quick of mind, playful and affectionate. The long, fine coat does not reach its peak until the cat is fully mature. Then its tendency to be wavy and ruffle ip at the neck and chin can conceal the fine-boned muscularity of the body beneath, but this is easily felt when you stroke the fur smooth.
The Angora is bred in all standard solid colours, tortoiseshell, tabby, smoke and shaded varieties, but not colourpointed or bi-colour. They also have tufted ears and a long, tapering, plumed tail.
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