In Victorian times Angora Cat was emmensely popular, but was soon eclipsed by the even more exotic Persian. By the early 20th century the original Angora had virtually vanished in the West. In the 1960s some British breeders decided to re-create the Angora Cat. For the program the suitable long-haired Oriental cats were used. The soft coat and the bushy tail were successfully obtained, but the body build remained that of the oriental cats.
Since then, the original breed has been rediscovered in Turkey and once again brought to the West. Now we have two Angoras with very different origins. To avoid misunderstandings it was decided to call Angoras from Turkey 'Turkish Angora' and re-created ones 'British Angoras'.