Black and white Turkish Shorthair cat sitting.

Turkish Shorthair Cat Breed

This little-known breed is affectionate and easygoing with people, especially if socialized from an early age.

The history of the Turkish Shorthair is uncertain, but this cat occurs naturally in various regions of Turkey and has probably existed there for a considerable time. Also known as the Anatolian or Anatoli and the Anadolu Kedisi in Turkey, the breed is similar to the longer-haired Turkish Van cat, with which it has often been confused.

The Anatolian is rare even in its native country, but breeders, particularly in Germany and the Netherlands, are working to increase its numbers. This strong, agile cat has a great liking for playing in or with water and is known to enjoy a bath.

This breed is the shorthaired equivalent of the Turkish Angora.

Origin: Turkey, pre-1700s

Breed registries: None

Weight range: 7–19 lb (3–8.5 kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: All colors except chocolate, cinnamon, lilac, and fawn, and all patterns except pointed.