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Anatolian Cat – Cat Breed Guide

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Generally, an Anatolians or Turkish Shorthairs are cats that are not classified officially under the Turkish Van or Turkish Angora cat breed. Anatolian cats are actually very similar in type and in almost all aspects of both the Turkish Angoras and Turkish Van cats. They are actually from one generic breed that was call before simply as the Turkish cats.

The commonly accepted theory is that the Anatolian cat is basically either a Turkish Van or Turkish Angora. The  names are different purely because of  geographical reasons, not because of a distinct set of traits.

Official Name

The Word Cat Federation or WCF calls this breed officially as the Anatolian or Anatoli cat breed. In the rest of the cat breeding world, these cats are called as Turkish Shorthairs. In its native Turkey, it is called as Anadolu Kedish.


The Anatolian or Anatoli cat breed, also commonly called as the Turkish Shorthair shares the same origins of the Turkish Van and the Turkish Angora. Anatolians are Turkish in ancestry and believed to be the descendants of the Ancient cats that first appeared in Turkey.

Quick FAQs
Size: Anatolian cats are typically medium to large sized felines.
Coat Type: Anatolian cats have coats that are considered as longhaired in length.
Body Type: Anatolian cats have bodies that are moderate in type.
Grooming Requirement: Anatolian cats will require regular grooming. Having these cats groomed at least two times a week is recommended.
Vocal Tendency: Like its closely related cousins, the Turkish Angora, the Turkish Van and the Turkish Vankedisi, Anatolian cats are vocal felines that will show their talkativeness often.
Energy Levels: Anatolian cats have very high energy and will be very active.
Time Alone: Anatolian cats require 4 to 8 hours of alone time every day.
Care Anatolian cats will require lots of attention and will be moderately docile in handling.

Recognized By:
World Cat Federation – Recognizes this breed under the official name of Anatolian or Anatoli.

Anatolian or the Turkish Shorthair is a very unique domesticated cat breed that was naturally bred. These cats can trace their roots in modern day Armenia and Turkey. In the local Turkish vernacular, these cats are commonly called the Van Kedisi, which translates to shorthaired cats that are local to the country. The Anatolian cat breed is locally known as the Van Kedisi should not be confused with the all white coated Turkish Venkedisi.

It’s precise date of origin has been lost in history and the modern explanation about their past is often diluted between the Turkish Van and with the Turkish Angora. But recently, the Anatolian became part of the Ankara Zoo of Turkey, in a national breeding program to help promote, protect and preserve this cat breed.


Anatolian cats are like the other Turkish domestic cat breeds, loving and very affectionate to their human owners. These are said to be cats that are fonder of water compared to the Swimming Cats or Turkish Vans.

Anatolian cats are very much like the Turkish Van and Turkish Angora, but also come in all other types of natural colours, with or without the van patterned markings.

Anatolian large distinctive to other breeds from their unique rabbit-like single layered coats, but also for their top heavy bodies with broad shoulders.
Anatolian cats are muscular in built with bodies that are moderately long in length, and having longer hind legs compared to the length of their frontal limbs.
Head, Ears and Eyes
Anatolian cats have broad to moderately broad heads that are rounded in form towards the jaws. These cats have moderate to large sized ears that are wide at the base and tapering to the tips. Ear size should be in proportion to the head. These cats also have large eyes that are a bit almond-shaped and set slightly oblique. Anatolian cats may have green, bright yellow to dark amber eye colors that will conform to the color of the coat.
Coat and Tail
Anatolian cats have tails that are proportion to the length of the cat’s entire body and should be long enough to reach the shoulder blades. The tails tip is slightly rounded and muscular in appearance. Anatoli cats have short-length and dense hair that is soft and silky in texture but crisp to the touch.
Anatolian cats are known to come in all natural colors and patterns.
Anatolian cats are known to be very healthy among all the average cat breeds.