The long-haired pet cats from both Persia and also Armenia (Eastern Turkey) pertained to 16th century Europe. An image of the type appeared in Buffon’s Histoure Naturell in 1756, looking long as it does today, as well as the type came to the U.S. in the late 1700s.
Initially, Persians and also Angoras were bred with each other. In the 1900s, the Turkish federal government established a reproducing program at the Ankara Zoo to protect the pure white Angoras. Americans bought felines directly from the zoo in the 1960s, and the type’s popularity grew in this nation.