Cat Breeds Turkish Van

Cat Breeds
Turkish Van

Are you looking to get a new cat soon? Great! You may want to consider a
purebred cat. There are many breeds that can be found in this country, each with its own
characteristic appearance and temperament and history. Think carefully about what you
would characteristics you would like to see in your new companion. Perhaps you would
care to consider:

Turkish Van

A rare and ancient breed of cat, the Turkish Van was depicted on ornaments as far
back as 5,000 B.C. The Turkish Van was so named for its region of origin, central and
southwest Asia. The area includes the modern countries of Iran, Iraq, Armenia, Syria, and
eastern Turkey. Van is a very common name in the area. There is in fact, a Lake Van
which is also Turkey's largest lake, so it is not surprising that Van was used as part of
this breeds name. In fact, this cat is known sometimes in its lands of origin as the
"Vancat". Turkish Vans were brought back to Europe by the Crusaders on their return
from the Holy Land. These cats were called several different names during that time
including; white ringtail and Russian Longhair.

      The first Turkish Van cats to arrive in England were brought in 1955.The breed
was initially called the Turkish cat in England but this name was modified to Turkish
Van later to avoid confusion with the Turkish Angora. The various names under which
this breed was known in Europe created the misconception that is was simply a variant of
the Turkish Angora. They are, in fact, very distinct breeds with separate histories. The
Turkish Van is very much the new kid on the block in America having been here only
since a first importation of a few kittens in the mid 1970s, but the breed only began to
take off in this country with a second importation from France in 1983. The Turkish Van
has since attracted a loyal and spirited group of breeders and fanciers.

      Turkish Vans are unfortunately rather rare even in their lands of origin. They are
large and strong cats that are very intelligent and are very curious. They are also very
healthy cats. Turkish Vans are unusual in that they require three to five years to reach full
maturity. There is one other characteristic that makes them highly unique. Turkish Vans
love water. In their homeland, Turkish Vans are sometimes referred to as the swimming

      The Turkish Vans most distinguishing feature is his coat. The breed standard
requires that Turkish Vans have a white semi-longhaired coat with colored markings
confined to the head and tail. Cats of other breeds who display a similar color pattern are
often said to be "van-patterned". The coat lacks an undercoat and has a very unique and
beautiful texture similar to cashmere. This wonderful cashmere texture of the Turkish
Vans' coat makes it waterproof. Another plus to their unusual coat is that it doesn't easily
mat or tangle and so requires little grooming.

The Turkish Van cat is an ancient breed whose winning ways continue to charm
people to this day. Give the Turkish Van cat a closer look. These cats' great intelligence
and intense curiosity could make it interesting and entertaining pet. This cat may be
exactly what you are looking for in a new companion.

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