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Turkish Vans

Turkish Van

Often called just "Van", the Turkish van is a recognized cat breed that was developed in the Lake Van area. This cat is often confused with the Turkish Angora cat. However, a side-by-side comparison highlights the many differences between the breeds. The area in which this cat originated faces extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter which has resulted in the Van being a very hardy breed whose coat changes with the seasons. On their introduction into Europe at the beginning of the 16th Century, these cats caused astonishment. Prior to the arrival of the Turkish Van and Angora cats, only short-haired cats had been seen in Europe.


Very intelligent, the Turkish Van is an extrovert breed and highly sociable. They love to be around people and will follow their owners from room to room. These cats are very curious and love to play and explore anywhere and any time they can. Unlike other breeds, but much like the Turkish Angora, the Van is quite fond of water. Loving, affectionate and loyal towards its owners, the Van is never far from where its family is and loves to cuddle up on the sofa with them. Socialization is needed from a young age for the cat to bond well with small children, dogs and especially smaller animals.

  • Build (Male / Female)

    Male 8-10 pounds (3-4kg)

    Female 8-10 pounds (3-4kg)

  • Life Expectancy

    The Van tends to live between 9 and 14 years.

  • Litter Size

    6 kittens is the average.

  • Grooming

    To keep their coat in the best condition, Turkish Vans will need to be groomed on a daily basis. Combing and Brushing the silky coat will help to keep it free of major tangles and knots and will help to discourage hairballs.

  • Recognition