Turkish Van

The Turkish Van, known as “the swimming cat”, is presumed to have originated in the region of the Eastern Anatolian Mountains in Turkey. This is an ancient natural breed that has been around since the Middle Ages. The Turkish Van is rare. Because of their rarity, breeders worked together to preserve the breed so that these cats would be available for people around the world to enjoy. They were originally found near Lake Van, which is how they received their namesake. In 1955, Laura Lushington and Sonia Halliday discovered these kittens while touring in Turkey. They were pleasantly surprised that the kittens loved to play and paddle around in the water. When they returned to England, kittens in tow, they helped spread awareness of this unique breed. In 1979, the Turkish Van breed was granted championship status by The International Cat Association. These beautiful cats are considered unique in part, due to their coats. Their cashmere-like fur repels water and dirt, so they don’t need frequent bathing. However, since these rare cats love the water, you may want to give them baths just for fun. Their semi-longhaired coat should be brushed regularly to prevent fur balls. The Turkish Van is considered a larger breed, and can take up to 3 to 5 years to reach full maturity. The males are larger than the females and can range between 10 and 20 pounds, while the smaller female can range from 7 to 12 pounds. The color pattern of this breed is also unique. There is a solid white breed known as Van Kidi. The more common color pattern for this breed is a white body with one of the traditional solid colors on the head and matching color on the tail. The eye color is auburn, blue or odd-eyed. The combined traits of this breed give it a remarkable and appealing appearance. As a pet, the Turkish Vans are great companions. Vans are strong, agile and love to run and play. They are great climbers and will find high spots to rest and watch what’s going on around them. This breed is highly intelligent and active. If you can find the right toy, they are capable retrievers. They typically get along well with dogs and other animals. These felines are curious critters, as cats usually are, so they will find all the nooks and crannies in your home and investigate. Although this breed is affectionate, they are also independent. They don’t need constant holding or cuddling, but they like to be where the action is. This loyal breed loves to be where you are and will let you know when they are craving some one-on-one time with you.
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