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Turkish Van

Turkish Van

The Turkish Van is a naturally occurring semi-longhaired breed from the rugged region of Turkey, centered on Lake Van where the climate varies in extremes. Known for its unique, distinct pattern, they are treasured in their homeland and not readily available for export. The Turkish Van is a solidly built semi –longhaired cat with a great breadth of chest, substantial body and legs demonstrating its strength and power. The breed takes three to five years to reach maturity; therefore allowances must be made for age and gender. Individual cats should convey an overall impression of balance and proportion and a strong appearance in which no one feature is exaggerated. They are an intelligent and alert cat; some may handle better with all four feet on a solid surface.