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Turkish Van Cats

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Chalky white. Grey colour, white and white-red. Tail is coloured, may show faint rings or small spots

Lying, curious, energetic, agile, independent, proud, water-loving

7-8 kg

12-14 years

Other names:
Turkish Van cat


Turkish Van cats are a breed that first captivates with their striking appearance and then with their character. The Turkish Van Cat is quite independent and a little proud – although it appreciates the attention of its owner, it can survive without it. Unlike other cats, Turkish Van cats are very fond of bathing – swimming, diving or even fishing are some of their favourite pastimes. This breed is simply bursting with energy and loves all kinds of activities, so rest assured – you won’t get bored with this pet!

History of the breed

The Turkish Van cat breed has evolved naturally. In 1955, two friends were visiting Lake Van in a remote area of Turkey at the foot of Mount Ararat when they saw semi-long-haired domestic cats in abundance. One girl managed to catch two of the cats and bring them back to the UK, where it wasn’t long before the cats attracted a lot of attention. The cats were officially recognised in 1969, and were initially called simply Turkish cats, but later took on a new name (this was to avoid confusion – many people thought that Turkish Van cats were the same breed as Turkish Angora cats). When word spread in the UK that these cats were attracted to the water, many British felinologists, zoologists and photographers flocked to Lake Van. It didn’t take long for the whole world to become aware of these cats, and today, Turkish Van cats are attracting interest in countries all over the world.

Turkish Van Cats: appearance

Turkish Van cats are large and muscular and can weigh between 3 and 8,5 kg. The head is medium-sized and shaped like a wide wedge. The ears are large and prominent on the top of the head, and the nose is of medium length or long when viewed from the side, rising slightly upwards. Eyes large, expressive, close together. Body long and sturdy, chest broad and muscular, the chest lines of the males more pronounced than those of the females. The tail is proportional to the length of the body, resembling a brush. Legs of medium length, claws small, rounded, with „brushes“. The coat is medium-length, fine, without a thick undercoat. The Turkish Van cat develops a denser coat in winter than in summer, and over the years the collar of the cat becomes larger and thicker. The main colour of the cat’s coat is chalky white, without a yellowish tinge. There may be spots on the head, but only on the front part. The tail is coloured and may show faint rings or small spots.

Turkish Van Cats: character

Turkish Van cats are intelligent and friendly, and enjoy the company of people. Although they would survive in the wild without human help, they prefer to have companions in the home.They get along well with other cats and can also get along with dogs and other pets in the house. If you have a swimming pool near your home, you can be sure that your cat will try water activities. If they don’t, they’ll be happy to take a dip in the bath.  this breed isn’t just about getting wet – they can dive expertly, just like otters! Turkish Van cats are quite active and are always eager to play with cat toys, candy wrappers or bottle caps. Turkish Van cats are not very noisy and their voice is quite soft and pleasant. This breed is willing to interact with both children and adults, which is why this cat

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