Our Experience with Turkish Vans
We have worked with the breed since 1988, when we purchased our first Turkish Van cats. Since that time we have learned much about this breed, although several mysteries related to their origin and history still remain. Outside of our experience at cat shows we also been active in promoting the education of the breed to cat judges, fellow cat fanciers and breeders, and the general public.
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Some of our activities include:
Authored several articles on the breed (published in the CFA Almanac, CFA Yearbook, TICA Yearbook, and Cat World International) and contributed to articles in other countries
Authored the first ever Turkish Van work book in 1996 for use by Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) judges to better explain the breed standard and the best way to handle the cats. Substantially updated the workbook in 2005 and 2006, and have provided it for use in workshops and seminars.
Developed the first CFA Turkish Van Breed Council website, which has all historical show data for the breed since 1994.
Organized and conducted a Turkish Van workshop for CFA judges at the Annual meeting in 1996 and 2005
Organized the first and only Turkish Van kitten congress in TICA (25 kitten entries!)
Prepared materials for students and brought cats to CFA judging schools in conjunction with the annual International Shows
Developed informational breed booth - the first one for the breed
Deb was the first CFA Turkish Van Breed Council Secretary from 1994-1998, a member of several different cat clubs, and a founding member of Vantastix
Karen prepared all the application materials and was Secretary of CFA's Turkish Van Breed Club (Vantastix) from 1992-1998. She was elected CFA Breed Council Secretary in 2003, where she served two terms, and has been a member of the Masters Cat Club since 1988
Karen authored 11 Vantastix newsletters for the CFA breed club in its early years and 2 issues in 2007
We donated cats to the Armenian program to re-establish the Turkish Van cat. Work with breeders across the globe to provide new bloodlines.
Spearheaded the effort and exhibited many of the cats shown necessary to advance the breed to Championship status in CFA (from 1988 to 1994)
Organized and actively participated in presentations to the CFA board (both provisional and championship advancement). Prepared all handout materials.
We continue to promote the breed whenever we can and encourage others, who are serious about the breed, and encourage others to be actively involved
Categories in the "About Us" section:
Our breeding philosophy
Our experience with the Turkish Vans
The major lines we work with
Cat show results and successes
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