Van Turk Characteristics

The characteristic feature of the Van Turk is its completely white cloak, barely broken by several strokes of color two on the head, that can be over or under the ears, but always separated by a white band; and another on its dense tail, that can present rings of a more intense red. The cloak lacks of a woolly under fur, making of him a easier animal to comb than the Persian cat.

The typical pattern of the can is due to the white stains caused by the dominant s gene, that when present in any of the parents it will be transmitted automatically to the whelps.

The Van Turk is a cat of medium size and of a robust constitution; the male, in particular, has a muscular neck and shoulders.

The legs are of medium length and the feet are small and rounded, and are covered by abundant hair. The cloak, long, smooth and silky, and without a velvety under fur, he changes hair in an spectacular way in summer; in winter is when the race acquires a greater attractiveness.

According to the standards of exhibition, it is required a flat head with a triangular shape, a long nose and big and erect ears, near to each other and with large locks of hair. The eyes must be large and to have an oval shape. The truffle of the nose and the soles of the feet are pink.

The original color of the Van Turk is white with red marks (in this case denominated hazel) that most of the same tone on the head and the tail.

In Europe the colors recognized are the hazel, black, blue (including the tabby variety), tortoise and tiger like tortoise.

The eyes can be blue, amber, or mismatched (one blue and the other amber).

The marks of color are manifested on the whelps since their birth, but as in the case of the Turk angora, the cloak takes several years to develop to all its splendor.

Maybe the most outstanding of the race is its taste for water, unusual in cats. It seems, that in its natural habitat they are use to take a daily bath in the lake or not so deep rivers, and that they resist less than other races when you bathe them.

The owners of the Van Turk describe him as loving and intelligent cat with a tendency to feel nearer to one only person. He has a surprisingly large appetite for its size. He is easy to care for; it is recommended to brush its hair two or three times a week and maybe to give him more attention when in season of changing hair: Spring and summer.

He is a strong cat that enjoys the outside air; a house with an access to a closed garden, a terrace or a back yard is ideal for this race. Sometimes the term Van is used to denominate white cats of other races with similar marks on the head and tail, overall the American short hair cat and the Norwegian forest.

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