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Feature October 2018 Issue

Three of the Ancient Cat Breeds

Turkish angora

Three of the Ancient Cat Breeds

Learn more about the history of these beautiful and fascinating breeds: the Turkish Angora, the Japanese Bobtail and the Chartreux.

Thanks to breakthroughs in analytical genetics in addition to art, culture and literature, the oldest domestication of cats can be traced back to over 8,000 years ago. When grain farmers needed help controlling the rodent population in the region called the ‘Fertile Crescent’ — a crescent-moon shaped area including parts of the Near and Middle East — they first tried utilizing the help of weasels. But weasels proved to be difficult to domesticate.

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