Turkish Van

The ancient, semi-longhaired breed from Asia

This ancient semi-longhaired breed was developed in central and southwest Asia, including parts of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, then brought to England in the 1950s where it was further developed. The Turkish Van’s single-coated fur has a very soft texture and is water-resistant, something this water-lover can appreciate. Yes, this is a cat that swims. The breed’s coat pattern restricts colour to the head and tail. The rest of the cat is white. Eyes for this breed may be blue or amber, or even one of each.

Kuddel submitted by Josef Leonard Wieland

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