Turkish Van Breed Summary
Playful, Intelligent, Athletic
While this cat is more likely to be found exerting their energy by jumping up to the highest bookshelf or playing with their toys, the Van is quite happy to cuddle next to you or sleep on your bed when it’s time to unwind.
Fun Fact: Many Turkish Vans have a small mark between their shoulder blades called “the thumbprint of God” and it’s thought to bring good luck.
|Lifespan||13 – 17 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females: 23cm – 28cm|
|Weight||Males: Up to 7kg, Females: 5kg – 6kg|
|Coat||Semi-long, soft, cashmere-like single coat|
|Colour||White with dark colouring on head and tail|
|Eye colour||Amber, blue|
|Common health issues||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy|
|Other Names||Turkish Cat, Van|
However, while the Van is highly energetic and athletic, they aren’t the most graceful. In fact, the big and ungainly Van isn’t a cat that’ll always land on their feet! But show the Van some water, and they'll take to it like a duck... or, cat to water.
If the Turkish Van is properly socialised as a kitten, they can grow into social, affectionate cats that become particularly attached to one or two members of their family but on their own terms! This kitty doesn't like to be held or cuddled for too long (so you’ll just have to play it like a cool cat).
An intelligent breed, the Turkish Van enjoys learning tricks, games and playing fetch. They also like teaser toys as they can act out pouncing on prey.
In reality, the Turkish Van breed most likely developed in central and southwest Asia. It’s thought that they’ve lived in Turkey’s isolated Lake Van region – a mountainous area, home to the country’s largest lake – for generations. Evidence of their existence comes from local legends, traditional folk songs and ancient artefacts that reference the Van and its unusual markings. The Turkish Van has also been spotted in neighbouring countries including Iran, Iraq and parts of the former Soviet Union.