Turkish Van Cat - Breed Profile
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- In 1955 two English Women, Mrs. L. Lushington and Mrs. S. Halliday, made a
trip to Turkey to find the "roots" of the Angora cat. They found cats with
fur soft like silk, long hair and a red (auburn) tail and red (auburn)
markings on their head, unlike the Angora they were looking for. These cats
seemed to have genetically established themselves through the geographic,
climatic and natural selection in the rugged and rough conditions in the Van
The two English ladies exported four cats and brought them to England:
* Antalya Anatolia
* Van-Guzelli Iskenderun
* Van Attila Stambul Byzantinum
* Van Celik Budur
Those four cats are the ancestors of most Turkish Vans, which are also known
as the "swimming cats".
In very few pedigrees of still living cats you can find direct ancestors of
the "Lushington-cats". Throughout the years more direct imports were added
in several breeding programs.
In 1969 the Turkish Van was accepted as a breed by the English catclub GCCF
and a standard was established.
In 1972 the Turkish Van was also accepted as a breed by the FIFe.
Turkish Vans have been registered with
TICA since 1979 for championship, they were grandfathered with the birth of
In CFA this breed has been registered since 1988 and were allowed in
championship in 1994.
All colors accepted since 1979 with the addition of solid white in 2007.
Colors and Coats Types Available - The Turkish Van is categorized as
a long-haired cat in the US, but the coat length is more medium-long, no
undercoat. Cats will have a summer and a winter coat. Colors available: red
solid/white, red tabby/white, cream solid/white, cream tabby/white,
black/white, blue solid/white, blue tabby/white, black tortie/white (only in
females; "calico") and the diluted version blue/cream and white, either
solid or tabby. The Turkish Van may also be blue or odd eyed.
Grooming and Care - Once in a great while a bath or
when needed, once in a great while brush/comb or when needed... but
generally there is not much grooming involved, there is no undercoat.
Suitable Environment - Indoors with or without a secured run. I do not
recommend having them come and go as they please due to hazzards and
dangerous situations which might occur while roaming outside.
Personality Traits - Van cats are very active and
lively cats, but they also like to cuddle and show a lot of affection.
They will choose "their" human and will show you how loved you are.
Turkish Van cats like to "talk" and it seems that you can have long and
"informative" conversations with them.
If you believe only dogs play fetch, then you are wrong! They love to play
fetch and their favorite toy is a little paper ball which they keep bringing
back to you for as long as you have the patience and the energy to toss it
away, and if you throw it up high, they will catch it with their paws,
similar to a goal keeper catching a soccer ball, it is a never ending game.
So when the Turkish Van is finally tired, any place is perfect for a "cat
nap": in the middle of the stairs, in front of the washer, in the bath tub
or sink... anywhere. So your house might become an obstacle course and you
as a "well behaved" human will find a way around it.
Turkish Vans play with water, either in their water dish or perhaps in the
sink or in the bath tub. Most of the Turkish Vans still have such a natural
instinct that they jump into a pool or take a bath with your child, others
prefer to be more sophisticated and "drink" their water with the help of
Turkish Vans are very sociable and there is always a "boss" they "listen"
to, but should a cat be in trouble or need help, they will stand by it
and/or get their human's attention.
All together... Turkish Van cats are very intelligent (well above average),
lively, affectionate and great with other pets and children. They respect
others, but also want to be respected. It is a wonderful way of life to live
with an animal, and you will never have a dull moment with a Turkish Van.
Turkish Van Cat Breeders
Turkish Van Description
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