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  CFA Breed Standard: Turkish Van
GENERAL: The Turkish Van is a natural breed from the rugged, remote and climatically varied region of the Middle East.
The breed is known for its unique, distinctive pattern...the term "van" has been adopted by a variety of breeds to describe white cats with colored head and tail markings.
Turkish Vans are very intelligent and alert cats, and as such feel more secure, and handle better with all four feet on a solid surface.
www.cfainc.org /breeds/standards/turkish-van.html   (1025 words)

  
  Turkish Van Cat Breed Information
Lake Van is a region of temperature extremes and the cats have evolved a coat that grows thick in the winter with a large ruff and bottlebrush tail for the harsh winters and then sheds out short in the body for the warm summers.
Vans are also called the "Swimming Cats" since they have been known to take a dip in Lake Van in their native country.
Their numbers have diminished, but both the Vans and the Turkish Angora, (which is a separate breed with different characteristics from central Turkey) are under the protection of the Turkish government and are bred at the Ankara Zoo.
www.usapetstoday.com /Turkish_Van.htm   (1043 words)

  
 Turkish Van pedigree cat breed profile
Turkish Vans are a rare and ancient breed that developed in central and southwest Asia, which today encompasses the countries of Iran, Iraq, southwest Soviet Union and eastern Turkey.
The Turkish van carries the piebald gene which calls for a white, semi-longhaired cat with coloured markings restricted primarily to the head and tail.
The Turkish Van's coat is white or cream with auburn markings primarily on the head with a coloured tail.
www.catsinfo.com /turkishvan.html   (491 words)

  
 Turkish Van
The Turkish Van is a large muscular yet elegant cat with a white body and distinctively coloured head and tail.
The Turkish Van is quite a robust healthy cat as are most natural breeds of cat and is used in its native habitat to dealing with extremes of climate.
Turkish Vans do require regular grooming to keep their beautiful silky coat tangle free; it is best to do this on a daily basis as this avoids major tangles and matts.
www.petplanet.co.uk /petplanet/breeds/Turkish_Van.htm   (871 words)

  
 Turkish Van / Cats - Domestic Breeds
Vans were reportedly first brought to Europe by soldiers returning from the Crusades some time between 1095 and 1272 A.D. Over the centuries the Vans were transported throughout the Eastern continents by invaders, traders, and explorers.
Today the Vans are being preserved by the Turkish College of Agriculture in connection with the Ankara Zoo, the longtime breeder of the Angora.
Some Vans have a color patch between the shoulder blades called the “Mark of Allah.” Just as the M on the tabby’s forehead is said to be a gift from the Virgin Mary, this “thumbprint of God” is considered good luck in Moslem countries.
www.animals-pictures-dictionary.com /rec/270-Turkish-Van   (1449 words)

  
 Turkish Van Cats
The Turkish Van is a natural breed of cat, which was first discovered at Lake Van, in Turkey.
Turkish Van cats have a white 'thumb print' mark between their ears which the Turkish people call the mark of Allah and so these cats are treated with great respect.
The Turkish Van cat is a chalk-white semi-longhaired cat with auburn markings on the head, ears and tail, with amber eyes.
www.caringforyourcat.info /breeds/nonpersian/turkishvan.htm   (251 words)

  
 Nothin' But Cats, cat breed profiles, health information and more
The cat known in the United States as the Turkish Van is a rare and ancient breed that developed in central and southwest Asia, which today encompasses the countries of Iran, Iraq, southwest Soviet Union and eastern Turkey.
“Van” is a common term in the region that has been given to a number of towns, villages and even a lake - Lake Van - so it is no surprise that the uniquely patterned cat native to the region was named the “Vancat” by the residents.
The Turkish Van takes three to five years to reach full maturity and is a large and agile cat of substantial strength.
www.sidyboysfoolin.com /Cat/TurkishVan.html   (702 words)

  
 Turkish Van
Vans fell out of fashion by the late 19th century; Angora (Ankara) Zoo kept these cats as protected species, and domesticated breed were reestablished in the mid 1950's.
The city of Van is but a few miles from Mount Ararat and there are those who like to believe that when the Ark came to rest on the mountain top and the flood waters receded that the cats left the Ark and made their way down the mountain slopes into Van.
Vans have been known to wreak havoc, such as shredding curtains, knocking ornaments and plants off shelves, mantelpieces and kitchen surfaces etc., sometimes this is quite deliberate!
www.moggies.co.uk /breeds/turkvan.html   (1024 words)

  
 Turkish Van - Cat Breeders
It is accepted that the Turkish Van is the original piebal cat and one of the first long hair mutations which is not man made but a result of natural selection through inbreeding in an isolated area.
Turkish Van cats are considered on of the largest of the domestic breeds and are quite massive at maturity - the only cat that cannot follow its head through a fence due to the breadth of the chest.
Turkish Vans are highly independent, yet still affectionate to their human charges.
www.freedom.co.za /vans   (668 words)

  
 Cats and Kittens Magazine
Some Vans have a color patch between the shoulder blades called the "Mark of Allah"-the place where Allah touched the cats on their way from the Ark. This "thumbprint of god" is considered to be good luck in Moslem countries.
The Turks of Van describe their native breed as "proud and brave as a lion," and the earliest Vans taken to cat shows were notorious for being difficult to hold and control.
Their efforts to establish the Van as an official breed were hampered, however, by a conflict with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the main legislative organization of the cat fancy in England.
www.petpublishing.com /catkit/breeds/turkishvan.shtml   (1654 words)

  
 Iams Cat Breed Guide -Turkish Van Cats   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One that Turkish Van fanciers tell with enthusiasm involves two longhaired, ring-tailed cats who were along for the ride on Noah’s Ark. When they reached Mount Ararat in what is now Turkey, the cats leapt into the water and swam for dry land where they’ve lived ever since.
The first Van kittens arrived in the United States in the 1970s, but it was not until breeders Barbara and Jack Reark imported two Vans from France in 1983 that the breed began to flourish in North America.
Turkish Vans must conform to the breed standard and must have a documented history in the form of a pedigree as well.
us.iams.com /iams/en_US/jsp/IAMS_Page.jsp;jsessionid=QWQAXB2SRYDJVQFIAJ4ZY2Q?pageID=CBD&breedPage=turkvan.html   (1698 words)

  
 USA Turkish Times - Van waiting patiently to be discovered   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Van, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in eastern Turkey, is eagerly waiting to be discovered.
Van has a special herbed cheese, the main ingredient of which is herbs grown in the mountains.
Van is famous for its cheap bazaars, particularly the Russian Bazaar, which is actually several bazaars sitting side by side.
www.usaturkishtimes.com /news/art-culture-life/van_waiting_patiently_to_be_discovered   (1265 words)

  
 Turkish Van - Turkish Van Cat - Turkish Van Breeders
"Van" is a common term in the region given to a number of towns, villages and the famous lake - Lake Van.
The Turkish Van is a solidly built, sturdy, broad, muscular, deep-chested and semi-longhaired cat that takes three to five years to reach full maturity.
The Turkish Van's coat is white or cream with auburn markings primarily on the head with a colored tail.
pets.iloveindia.com /cats/cat-breed/turkish-van.html   (271 words)

  
 Cat Newsletter - Turkish Van Cat Breed, Turkish Van Cats, Turkish Van
Van cats are not only seen as a pet or hunter of rats and insects but also a friend and member of the family.
The Van basin in eastern Turkey is surrounded by mountains, and its high plateau is subject to changes in temperature difficult to imagine.
Van cats like other cats prefer to give birth in the locations far away from vision, and for this reason they start to look for isolated and dark location from the first month of the pregnancy.
www.cozycatfurniture.com /cat_newsletters/catnewsletter7.html   (1597 words)

  
 Turkish Van Cat Breeders: Fanciers Breeder Referral List
Although the Turkish Van is an ancient breed, it is a relative newcomer to the United States.
The first Van cats (named after the Lake Van region of Turkey) were imported to England in the 1950s, but the first Turkish Van did not arrive in the U.S. until 1982.
The Turkish Van is a semi-longhaired cat distinguished by its unusual pattern: the cat is white except for a colored tail and color on the head.
www.breedlist.com /turkish-van-breeders.html   (469 words)

  
 Turkish Van - Breed Profile
Turkish Vans are quite striking in appearance; stunning auburn (or other colour) butterfly markings crown its head, matched by its beautiful flowing faintly ringed auburn tail, highlighted even so by the chalk white coat that embraces its body.
Turkish Vans are classified as semi-longhaired cats, which differentiates them from other longhaired breeds like Persians, and although the coat is indeed long its soft silky texture and lack of woolly undercoat allows it to remain unruffled and free from tangles, so little grooming is necessary.
The Turkish Van is a sturdy, muscular cat, weighing anything from 12 to 18 lbs (5 to 8 kg) for a fully grown male.
www.turkishcatsociety.co.uk /van.html   (0 words)

  
 Turkish Van Cat Breed Profile - Breed Descriptions and Photos
Turkish Van is a rare and ancient breed that developed in central and southwest Asia, which today encompasses the countries of Iran, Iraq, southwest Soviet Union and eastern Turkey.
An intriguing aspect of Turkish Vans is their insatiable curiosity for water, A few are not interested but the majority can be found dipping their paws, toys and bedding in water bowls, or sitting in sinks and baths waiting for the tap to be turned on.
Turkish Vans are not a difficult cat to groom as the fur having no woolly undercoat does not knot.
www.catsofaustralia.com /turkish_van.htm   (456 words)

  
 Turkish Van CAT BREEDERS
Vans were reportedly first brought to Europe by soldiers returning from the Crusades some time between 1095 and 1272 A.D. Over the centuries the Vans were transported throughout the Eastern continents by invaders, traders, and explorers.
Today the Vans are being preserved by the Turkish College of Agriculture in connection with the Ankara Zoo, the longtime breeder of the Angora.
Some Vans have a color patch between the shoulder blades called the “Mark of Allah.” Just as the M on the tabby’s forehead is said to be a gift from the Virgin Mary, this “thumbprint of God” is considered good luck in Moslem countries.
www.breedersden.com /turkish_van.htm   (1107 words)

  
 Turkish Van cattery "Kinali"
Turkish Vans play with water, either in their water dish or perhaps in the sink or in the bath tub.
Most of the Turkish Vans still have such a natural instinct that they jump into a pool or take a bath with your child, others prefer to be more sophisticated and "drink" their water with the help of their paw.
Turkish Vans are very socialable and there is always a "boss" they "listen" to, but should a cat be in trouble or need help, they will stand by it and/or get their human's attention.
www.geocities.com /turkish_van_cats   (366 words)

  
 Turkish Van - Love My Pet
This breed is defined by its name as having the "van" coat pattern, in which the body is covered with chalky white fur and all colour markings are confined to the head and tail.
The Turkish Van originated in the Lake Van region of SE Turkey, in the 1600's.
The Turkish Van is a natural breed from the rugged, remote and climatically varied region of the Middle East.
www.lovemypet.com.au /advice/catbreeds/turkishvan.htm   (346 words)

  
 Breeder Listings- Turkish Van
“Van” is a common term in the region that has been given to a number of towns, villages and even a lake - Lake Van - so it is no surprise that the uniquely patterned cat native to the region was named the “Vancat” by the residents.
They were first brought to England in 1955 as the Turkish cats, but this was later changed to Turkish Van to avoid confusion with the Turkish Angora.
The Turkish Van takes three to five years to reach full maturity and is a large and agile cat of substantial strength.
www.catcraze.com /turkish-van.htm   (469 words)

  
 TURKISH VAN
General: The Turkish Van is a natural breed from a rugged, remote and climatically varied region.
  the term "van" has been adopted by a variety of breeds to describe white cats with colored head and tail markings.
Head: Wide, moderately short wedge, substantially broad to harmonize with the large muscular body, ears are not to be included in the wedge.
www.aaceinc.org /pages/breeds/van.htm   (747 words)

  
 Cat Fanciers' Association: Breed Profile: Turkish Van
The cat known in the United States as the Turkish Van is a rare and ancient breed that developed in central and southwest Asia, which today encompasses the countries of Iran, Iraq, southwest Soviet Union and eastern Turkey.
A common misconception is that the Turkish Van is simply a color variation of the better known Turkish Angora.
The coloration of the Turkish Van, which is considered by many to be the original breed to carry the piebald gene, calls for a white, semi-longhaired cat with colored markings restricted primarily to the head and tail.
www.cfa.org /breeds/profiles/turkish-van.html   (659 words)

  
 Turkish Van Cats, The Swimming Cats
Known as Van Kedi in their native Turkey, the Turkish Van breed is also known as the Van Cat, the Turkish Cat and most usually as the swimming cat.
Turkish Van cats are very attractive felines and always generate lots of attention which they love!.
The officially recognized Van pattern is white with darker patches on the head and tail.
www.best-cat-art.com /turkish-van-cats.html   (0 words)

  
 Turkish Van   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Turkish Van Cat has a love for playing in water, so is often referred to as the "Turkisg Swimming Cat".
Turkish Vans are semi-longhaired cats with soft, silky hair that thickens in the winter.
Turkish Vans are large and heavy, but slow to mature.
www.giveusahome.co.uk /breederspages/catbreedpages/turkishvan.htm   (235 words)

  
 Turkish Van
Turkish Vans are very intelligent and alert cats, and as such feel more secure, and handle better with all four feet on a solid surface.
Turkish Van males are substantially larger than females and exhibit much greater development.
Turkish Vans can adapt to apartment life, although a large yard with water is better.
library.thinkquest.org /C0126246/species/turkish_van/turkish_van.htm   (594 words)

  
 Turkish Van Cat   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As they left the Ark the cats were blessed by Allah and the patch of auburn hair at the front of their bodies is believed to be the place where he touched them.
Turkish Vans were introduced to the West around 1955, when two British photographers visited the Lake Van region and were given two kittens to take back to Britain.
Its interest in the water is primarily a response to the intense heat of the Turkish summers.
www.gloriakendall.com /TurkishVan.html   (250 words)

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