These kitties make a big splash with cat lovers!
Is this the Turkish Angora with different coloring? Nope, not at all. The Turkish Van is a cat breed all it’s own. While they are from the same area of the world as the Turkish Angora, they are larger and less delicate looking that the Turkish Angora. These kitties have a distinctive color pattern that is even named after them. Their coats are mostly white with a touch of color around the ears and covering the tail. Occasionally, there will also be a small spot of color near the base of the neck known as the “Thumbprint of God.”
No one knows exactly how long the Turkish Van breed has existed. However, we do know that it has been in the area around Lake Van in Turkey for a very long time. Legends say that two Turkish Van kitties were aboard Noah’s Ark and when they saw land, they jumped into the water and swam for shore. From there, they kept walking until they finally settled around Lake Van. For the people living in Turkey, the Turkish Van is a regional treasure.
The Turkish Van is a very lovable, but independent type of kitty. They are high energy, love water, and their people. If you want a cat to have a conversation with, the Turkish Van could be right for you because they love to talk. They tend to attach strongly to one or two people and love to get attention. Don’t mistake their loyalty for clinginess though, these kitties don’t like to be picked up or held. They will let you know when they want to be touched.
For more information on the Turkish Van cat breed, please read my post The Turkish Van Cat Breed.
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