ANATOLIAN CAT – TURKISH SHORTHAIR

Anatolian Cat-Turkish Shorthair HISTORY

The Anatolian Cat or Turkish Shorthair is a breed that is quite similar to the longer haired Turkish Van with which it is often confused.  Anatolians originated in Turkey before 1700, but not much is known about their history. Anatolians are rare even in Turkey, but European breeders are working to increase their numbers. Approximately 2000 Anatolian cats are registered as a breed (a variant of the Turkish van) in the World Cat Federation.

 

 

CHARACTERISTICS

WEIGHT RANGE                15-25 pounds
EYE COLORBlue, Yellow, Green and Amber and can have odd colored eyes. 
COATSince Anatolians are a shorthair breed, they have no undercoat and require brushing only once a week even though their coats are thick. 
COAT COLORS All colors except chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, and fawn, and all patterns except pointed.
OVERALL APPEARANCEAnatolians are large muscular cats with hind legs that are slightly longer than their front. Anatolians also feature large, round feet with tufts of fur that can stick out from between the toes, as well as a long, muscular tail. Their heads are broad, with strong cheeks and almond-shaped eyes.
PRICE Unknown as commercial breeding is rare. 

 

anatolian-cat

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 Anatolian Cats take about 5 years to fully develop. Anatolians are gentle giants, loving and often get along with other pets.  Since they are not bred commercially, they have few health issues. Anatolians love water and swimming. Life expectancy is from 12-17 years.   

 

Anatolian cat and kittens

 

ANATOLIAN CAT RESCUE AND ADOPTION

Tails of Turkey Animal Rescue

 

If you haven’t already seen the film Kedi about Turkish street cats, it’s a real must see!

 

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