Akin to the Turkish Angora, exhibiting the Van pattern (markings on head and tail), preferably marked with red (auburn) or its dilute (cream), though other colors may occur in Turkey and are being recognized. Eyes may be blue, light amber or odd eyed. Fascinated by water and frequently swims.
CFA Pedigreed Breed
If you are looking for a lively companion in the cat family may I suggest the Turkish Van.
This is one delightful and beautiful cat.
Vans as they are known are active and intelligent cats.
They prefer to play and help you around the house, instead of spending all their time getting beauty sleep.
They like to play fetch, investigate open cupboard doors, help make beds, along with being petted and stroked.
Vans are interested in everything that goes on in their household and anything new gets a thorough inspection from them, including fish tanks.
An interesting thing about Vans is that they really do not like being held.
They prefer their feet on the solid ground, that doesn’t mean that they don’t like affection or that they don’t give it.
What it means to me is that they like the feeling of security, solid ground gives them.
I know that feeling, I love the water, but I want to be able to touch the bottom of the pool or my corner of the ocean with my toe in order to feel safe.
Speaking of water, Turkish Van’s are supposed to love water. I have read reports that have said they used to swim out to meet the fishing boats as they came ashore in Turkey.
Other reports have stated that they are inclined to join you in the shower or tub when you are bathing.
Recently, I have read that Vans hate baths and giving show cats a bath, before a show, is plain torture.
So on this subject of Turkish Van’s and water, I will let you figure it out.
If you get a Van and it likes water, enjoy it and if you get one that doesn’t, that’s normal.
A Turkish Van is one beautiful cat, it has longish white fur with the typical van markings on its head and tail. They are not long-haired, but have fur that is longer that a short-haired cat (now, that makes sense.)
Their markings are called the van pattern and can be varied from orange and white to black and white and many colors in between.
A Van can also have a patch or two elsewhere on their coats. It is said that if a patch appears on a Van’s shoulder it is the mark of Allah.
The Van is a very clean cat and does not require more that a once a week brushing.
Health wise the Van is a naturally healthy breed, just be certain to keep regular vet appointments.
If you are looking for a great pet and your children are old enough to understand that this cat will love them, but it does not like to be held, you all will live happily ever after.