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Turkish Van

Turkish Van

The beautiful Turkish Van is distinguished by her chalk-white body and coloured markings on the head and long, plumed tail. This curious feline has powerful hind legs that allow her to jump on otherwise hard-to-reach spaces. The sweet, loving breed likes to be involved in whatever is going on and enjoys curling up on a lap. A slow-maturing breed, the Turkish Van takes three to five years to reach maturity.

DID YOU KNOW? The Turkish Van is a rare, ancient breed that developed in central and Southeast Asia, in areas known today as Iran, Iraq, southwest Soviet Union and eastern Turkey.

The need-to-know
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Friendly but independent cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • May require familiarisation before living with children
Turkish Van

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good in multi-pet households, not hypoallergenic
  • Size: Medium to large, with males weighing 4 to 9 kilograms and females weighing 3 to 5.5 kilograms
  • Coat: Semi-long, fine, cashmere-like
  • Temperament: Energetic, mischievous, intelligent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Shedding: Yes
  • Vocalisation: Loud
Turkish Van cat is sitting on balcony

Personality

Turkish Van cats are extremely intelligent and friendly and they make excellent companions. They are lively cats and will enjoy playing games with humans or other cats and so they need stimluaton and a chance to play. Turkish Van cats have soft voices.

Turkish Van cat is sitting in the garden

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Turkey

Other Names: Turkish Swimming Cat

The most amazing characteristic of the Turkish Van cat is its affinity with water. It not only likes water but also seems to enjoy a swim. The breed originates from the area surrounding Lake Van in Turkey and has been domesticated there for hundreds of years. In the 1950s a pair of Turkish Van cats were brought back to Britain by a holidaying couple and they began to breed these distinctively marked cats in the UK.

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