The Turkish Van Cat
Turkish Van cat is an
ancient historical breed
central and southwest Asia this cat hails from what now is Iran, Iraq,
Although long kept in these
areas it was 1955 when “Turkish cats” were brought to England and 1982 before
coming to the United States.
They are not
easily found for export.
Sometimes called the
Russian longhair they
are a different
breed entirely than the Turkish Angora, which they are
Seen side by side the difference is clear, as they have more size, bone
Their unusual coat has no
undercoat but does have a texture
similar to cashmere, offering a water resistant coat unlike many other
They are very slow
maturing cats, often only at 3-5 years reaching
and development. Their semi-longhair needs little grooming.
According to the Turkish
Van cat breed
standard 30 points each is awarded to
the head and body, 15 to the coat, 20 to color and pattern with 5 to
There shouldn’t be weakness or refinement but rather power and
Turkish Van Cat is an
intelligent breed that is most secure with
their feet on the ground or securely held. A rainbow of colors of solid
white, tabby and white, tortoiseshell and white and smokes offer a
any preference but the
color is largely on the head and tail. White is
predominant and there is a plumed tail to attract attention.
Males can run from 9-20
pounds with queens smaller. They are
and many might think they are a thoroughbred horse in a
They love to run and their muscled hindquarters can move unstable
can be almost too smart. They can find ways to get out of where they
and, sometimes, into trouble where they shouldn’t be!
Some different behavior
has been noted by some Turkish Van
owners. Among the most noted – a
tendency of some Turkish Van cats to
They have been known to enter the water in hot weather or to go after a
insect or fish and their unique coat dries faster than other breeds.
also commonly play in water from a faucet or even the water in their
They may carry the toys around for a while then drop the toys in the
get into the shower with their owner. Unlike many “typical” cats they
upset by water – however if you have a pool it’s doubly important to
have a way
for them to get out should they get into the pool!
This is a cat that is
unique in appearance and action, with
little grooming and endless entertainment. With a long history and such
qualities they are a cat for the ages. They are a treasure far beyond
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