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The Turkish Van Cat Breed Facts and Information

Updated on June 13, 2011
The Turkish Van Cat
The Turkish Van Cat
Turkish Van Can Mix
Turkish Van Can Mix

The Turkish Van cats, also known as Turkish swimming cats, are a breed of cats that actually enjoy swimming. Yes, you heard me right, "A cat that likes to swim." Many believe that the reason the Turkish Van cat enjoys water is because of the fact that these Van Cats originated in the southeast section of Turkey where the largest lake in the country is located, which is known as Lake Van.

The Story of a Mysterious English Woman...

As story goes, how the Turkish Van Cat breed began was with a mysterious British woman who visited the Van Lake during the early 1950s. While she was there an interesting female white cat with auburn markings caught the English woman's eye. Then, later during her stay in Turkey, the manager of the hotel she was residing in, told her that he too owned a male cat that had strongly resembled the auburn and white cat the woman had recently bought.

Without a second thought, the English woman quickly purchased the male cat from the hotel manager. Soon after, the lovely British lady brought her cat couple back home with her to Britain. Within just four years of when the mysterious woman brought her new cats home with her, she had successfully created kittens that were selectively bred for the same auburn and white fur characteristics, exactly just as her two original Turkish cats had appeared.

Roughly a decade later, in the year of 1969 the English woman finally had her new family of felines recognized as an official breed of cats called Turkish cats but were later renamed Turkish Van Cats. Today, Turkish Vans are a highly renowned breed of cats for their silky white coats dabbed with subtly beautiful auburn markings that lay a top their heads and tails.

The Turkish Van Cat - Coat & Fur

Turkish Vans have fine medium long coats that are light, soft, and silky smooth. Turkish Van Cats come in both a predominantly pure snow white color or with a soft ivory as the coat main fur color. The Van Cat must distinctively exhibit auburn red markings that are around the ears and forehead; the auburn sections may not extend below the eyes or the back base of the ears. Between the red markings on the cats forehead there will always be somewhere up to roughly a thumb print size line or section between the two red hair markings.

Turkish Van Cats that are auburn and white or auburn and red must have either practically solid deep red auburn tails or softer colored auburn cat tails that are gently ringed. Besides the few specific red markings that the Turkish cats have, they may however sometimes have a tiny reddish mark located somewhere along their bodies.

Although it's slightly uncommon, Turkish Van Cats come in another excepted coat color in the United Kingdom that must be a completely pure ivory or pure cream color. This auburn cat breed may have other colored markings that follow the same pattern design as the red cats, but it is not preferred for Turkish Vans to have any other colored markings besides reds and auburn reds.

White Turkish Van Cat
White Turkish Van Cat

The Turkish Van Cat - Body & Build

Turkish Van cats have bodies that are long and elegant. Their builds are lean, but they are still fit and muscular. This Turkish cat breed displays deep chests that lead to relatively thin waists. This breed of cats have regular sized legs that connect to small, neat, feminine feet that are visually delicate. The Turkish Vans feature completely brushed tails that carries looks that naturally pair beautifully with their bodies.

Turkish Vans - Face & Facial Features

These Turkish cats exhibit attractive lengthy straight noses. Turkish swimming cats have medium sized standing ears that are nicely feathered. Their eyes tend to almost always be in a stunning bright amber color variation that matches well with their pale white fur and red hair, but Turkish Vans may also display hazel eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, and sometimes brown eyes. This breed of cat is somewhat higher prone to double eye colors as well, for example when one eye is blue and the other eye is green. The Turkish Van Cat feature eyes that are oval shaped and large in size.


Turkish Van Cat Temperament

As beautiful as Turkish swimming cats are, their wonderful personalities are by far more important than their looks. The Van cat breed is one that are loving and caring towards their owners. This White cat breed is fun to be around, but are usually shy with new comers, but once they feel comfortable around new people they are incredibly friendly cats that are affectionate. Turkish Vans are a highly intelligent breed of cats that are easy to train.

Turkish Van Breeders and Turkish Van Cat for Sale

If you're interested in finding a Turkish Van cat for sale or would just like to look at how much they cost, then looking for Turkish Van breedersin your local area, state, or province is the best way to do so. Personally, I would recommend only buying from Turkish Van breeders that in particularly specialize in Turkish Van cats or the finest qualities and are certified cat breeders. Using Google search engines is the fastest and easiest way to find a Turkish Van cat for sale and Turkish Van breeders.


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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      The first cat looks just like our Levi Jones in the face. Levi doesn't mind water but I don't think he is Turkish Van just an old barn cat my husband calls him. Interesting hub enjoyed it. voted up.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks everyone for the lovely comments and support! Glad y'all like the hub. :)

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      Starmom41 5 years ago

      interesting and well-written hub-- I'd never heard of that cat breed before

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub and thanks for sharing.


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      Jenne Joy 6 years ago from Michigan

      Our cat is a Turkish Angora mix (not a Turkish Van); he's a rescue & he just LOVES the water.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I am an animal lover and I think that cat sounds great. I had not heard of the Turkish Van Breed before so thank you for the information.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I love anything to do with animals/nature and this one was brilliant.

      Thank you for sharing and I push all the buttons for this one.

      Take care