Although there are marked differences between an Angora cat and a Persian cat, they are often confused with each other. The reason is because they are both long-haired cat breeds. However, if we look closer, we can see that it is quite easy to spot their differences, especially when we see them in person. By comparing the two breeds, we can not only distinguish their appearance, we can also determine which breed of cat could be the best companion animal for each particular case. Let’s see their main differences!
Physical differences between Persian and Angora cats
We began our differentiation of races with the most obvious thing: their physical appearance. These would be some of the physical differences between a Persian cat and an Angora cat:
- Nose: Perhaps the most obvious difference in some Persian cats is the nose. This is because there are different types of Persian cats. Some have brachycephaly, a condition in which the nose is flattened and they have a gently elongated jaw. Angora cats do not have brachycephaly, so a flattened nose will mean they are Persian.
- Tear Ducts: Due to the flattening of the snout of brachycephalic cats, their tear ducts often persistently secrete fluid (a condition known as an epiphora). If the cat has tear stains around the eyes, it is more likely to be Persian. However, an Angora is more likely to suffer from tearing if it has an eye infection.
- Head: The skull of a Persian cat is more rounded, compared to the more almond-shaped appearance of Angora cats.
- Ears: Persian cats are known for their small, rounded ears, while Turkish Angora cats have longer, pointed ears.
- Pelage: Although both Persian and Turkish Angora cats can have a variety of coat colors and patterns, Turkish Angora cats are typically white. They are also more prone to heterochromia, a condition in which their eyes are two different colors.
- Size: Although both breeds can have relatively small specimens, Persian cats are generally larger than Angora cats. It is rarer for the angora to reach 6 kg. They are also shorter in length.
- Body shape: Persian cats are more robust than the Angora with a more elongated and slender body, although they are usually more muscular.
- Due to these differences, especially those related to the care of the periocular area, we could conclude that Persian cats require somewhat more maintenance than Angora cats. Since Angora cats like Persians are long-haired cats, their coats will need to be brushed regularly.
Character differences between Persian and Angora cats
Beyond the physical differences, there are their differences in behavior and character. While each cat is an individual with its own behaviors and traits, there are some traits that are more common in certain breeds. For Angora and Persian cats, the following stand out:
- Sociability: The Persian cat is generally considered more independent, while the Turkish Angora cat will be more accepting of human coexistence. However, this does not imply that they are enthusiastic about the displays of affection. In fact, it is common for the Angora to not accept too much physical interaction. The Angora cat is more inclined to say hello when we get home and to interact more. Of course, a Persian will also want to interact once you bond with his caretaker. Although sometimes surly, the Persian can be very affectionate when he wants. It is better to let a Persian cat seek affection rather than trying to force and interact.
- Activity: Persian cats tend to be calm and not very active, preferring the quiet of a soft sofa to the hustle and bustle of a play session. The angora is usually much more playful. As a result of these low levels of activity in Persians, it is necessary to carefully monitor our cat’s weight.
- Behavior with children: due to the characteristics that we have mentioned, Persian cats are less likely to tolerate the presence of children, especially if they do not respect their space and their need for tranquility. Angora cats can better accept living with children. Regardless of race, we always have to educate children to show respect for all living things and we must not leave them alone without adult supervision.
- Living with other animals: These relationships will be easier for an Angora cat, since Persians are less likely to tolerate changes or alterations in their habits.
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