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Turkish Van

The Turkish Van is a large, muscular yet elegant cat with a pure white body and distinctive coloured head and tail. They should give a graceful yet strong impression, with ears set high and eyes large, oval and expressive. The Turkish Van has a semi-longhaired coat which is soft and silky rather than woolly or fluffy. Paws are tufted, and the tail should be a luxuriant brush. They may have two amber eyes, two blue eyes or one of each.

12 - 17 years
4.5 - 8kg
Pure white body and distinctive coloured head and tail.
The need-to-know
  • Great for first-time cat owners
  • Enjoys playing games and is active at home
  • Playful and curious cat
  • Independent but friendly
  • Slightly talkative cat
  • Average build cat breed
  • Requires grooming every day
  • Needs extensive outdoor space
  • Not ideal for family homes
  • Can be left alone all day
  • Can cope with a busy household
Generally healthy breed

There are no common disorders reported for the Turkish Van breed at present.


The Turkish Van is a characterful cat, loyal and loving and also intelligent and affectionate. They are also a very active cat, enjoying climbing, leaping and finding high spots to relax in – the tops of doors and along curtain rails are a favourite.  

This is a cat for someone who really adores playful cats, and wants to spend time devising games and doesn’t mind their cat inviting themselves in to share a shower or bath! 

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History and Origins

Outdoors or Indoors

Enrichment and Specific Needs

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Turkish Van Cats

Suitability for Family Life