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The Van cat. So cute and unique!! If I ever get a get, this will probably be it :) It is large, all-white, and frequently odd eyed. The naturally occurring Van cat type is the basis of the Turkish Van breed, internationally selectively bred with a more recently developed ruddy colouring pattern on the white.

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Turkish Van - 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. 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. Although the breed has an ancient lineage, the Turkish Van is a relative newcomer to the United States, arriving in 1982.

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Turkish Van Cat Breed

The Turkish Van - A medium to long-haired breed of domestic cat, originated in the Lake Van region of Turkey. Originally called the Turkish cat; it became the Turkish Van. This name change was initiated to distinguish it from the Turkish Angora cat. However it arrived to the area, the Turkish Van cat is both a rare and ancient breed that originated in central and southwest Asia – around a region dominated by Lake Van in Turkey; hence, this breed has been known as the Turkish Van Cat…

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Turkish Van Cat Breed

A gorgeous example of the Turkish Van Cat. This van exhibits the classic "Ringed" tail pattern of a Turkish Van.

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The Turkish Van cat's coat is considered semi-longhaired. While most Turkish Van cats have three distinct hair types in their coat, guard , awn and down hairs, the Turkish Van only has one. This make the Turkish Van cats' coat feel like cashmere. Male Turkish Van cats can reach 20 lb and the females weigh about half that. They have massive paws and rippling hard muscle structure which allows them to be very strong jumpers. They can easily jump to the top of a refrigerator from the floor.

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