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Turkish Van

Turkish Van Profile



Lifespan: 12-17 Years

Avg height: 23-28cms

Avg weight Female: 5.5-6.5 kg

Avg weight Male: 5.5-7.5 kg

Coat type: Long, silky soft fur. Coat is waterproof

Coat colours and body type: Turkish Van's are large, muscular cats. Their most distinguishing feature is their white body and 'van' pattern on its head and tail. The classic van colour is red tabby and white, but they can be bred in a variety of colours.

Grooming required: Low maintenance, weekly brushing

Similar Breeds: Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest Cat, Siberian


Turkish Van temperament

Known as the swimming cat, the Turkish Van is known for their incredible swimming ability. They are curious, adventurous and very active. Thanks to their powerful hind legs, Turkish Vans are renowned for their acrobatic skills. They love to play, catch items mid air, fetch toys and even do somersaults. This breed wants to be part of the family and is always there at your feet. They are loving and loyal, but do not enjoy being picked up. 

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.