Turkish Van

Turkish Van
  • Coat lengthLong
  • Grooming RequirementsOnce a day
  • NoiseMedium
  • ActivityMedium


The Turkish Van cat is a large, muscular yet elegant breed with a white body and distinctively coloured head and tail. These cats are well balanced and strong in appearance. The large ears are set high on the head and the eyes are large, oval and expressive. The Turkish Van cat's coat is long, soft and silky with no woolly undercoat. The paws are tufted and the tail has a full brush. The body of the Turkish Van cat is predominately chalk-white, with coloured markings on top of the head. The colouring on the head is separated by a vertical white blaze. Occasionally, small thumbprints of colour appear on the body. The eyes may be amber or blue or one of each.


The most amazing characteristic of the Turkish Van cat is its affinity with water. It not only likes water, but also seems to enjoy a swim. The breed originates from the area surrounding Lake Van in Turkey and has been domesticated there for hundreds of years.

Country Of Origin


Other Names

Turkish Swimming Cat


Turkish Van cats are extremely intelligent and friendly and they make excellent companions. They are lively cats and will enjoy playing games with humans or other cats, and so they need stimulation and a chance to play. Turkish Van cats have soft voices.


At present, there are no diseases specifically linked to this breed. As with all cats, the Turkish Van breed needs vaccinations, parasite control and annual veterinary health checks.


Every cat is unique and each has their own particular likes, dislikes, and needs when it comes to food. However, cats are carnivores and every cat must obtain 41 different and specific nutrients from their food. The proportion of these nutrients will vary depending on age, lifestyle and overall health, so it's not surprising that a growing, energetic kitten needs a different balance of nutrients in her diet than a less active senior cat. Other considerations to bear in mind are feeding the right quantity of food to maintain 'ideal body condition' in accordance with feeding guidelines and catering to individual preference regarding wet or dry food recipes.


Turkish Van cats do require regular grooming to keep their beautiful silky coat tangle free; it is best to do this on a daily basis as this avoids major tangles and mats. If grooming with a comb and brush is introduced at an early age, the cat will soon become used to it and many potential problems will be avoided.