big will a Turkish Van get? Cats that have been altered
will be bigger than those used for breeding. Females
will generally be about 10-12 pounds while males can
easily exceed 15 pounds.
long does it take for a Turkish Van to mature?
takes about three (and up to five) years to reach
full maturity. You will enjoy watching your Van
go through its various growth stages as it blossoms
into a beautiful mature adult.
there different coat types in the Turkish Van?
There are generally two distinct coat types found in
the breed. Both can occur within a single
litter and are dependent upon the lineage of the
parents. One coat type is sometimes called the
"Dutch" coat. This coat is generally
relatively short and even. It is very plush
(like a rabbit) and extremely soft. Sometimes
called the "wash and wear" coat. The
other coat is sometimes called the
"English" coat. This coat is longer
than the Dutch coat and much thicker. Kittens
sporting the English coat will look much furrier than
those with the Dutch coat. A purebred Van will NEVER have
a wooly undercoat nor will it ever be a short haired cat.
Turkish Vans a healthy breed? yes. Introduction of cats
imported from Turkey is necessary to maintain genetic
diversity and hybrid vigor. The breed is
generally extremely healthy and hardy. To date,
we have encountered no genetic defects peculiar to
Turkish Vans active? yes. They love to play, fetch
and run. They are naturally inquisitive and
will readily detect anything new in your house.
They like feather teasers, milk bottle rings, and
your toes. Some of them never tire of fetching and
retrieving and especially like little paper balls.
Turkish Vans have good temperaments? generally,yes. The
Turkish Van is a very social cat and adapts well to
small or large households. They tend to relate to
their humans more like a dog than a cat and can be
loyal companions for life. Each individual Turkish
Van cat has its own distinctive and unique
personality, even when raised under the same
conditions. Depending upon how far back the Turkish
imports are in their lines, the Van can sometimes be
timid and introverted in new surroundings. If
the cat is startled or frightened, it is best to not
try to restrain them but allow them to see for
themselves that everything is OK. They
generally get along with other animals (dogs, other
cats, even birds!) although they prefer the company
of others of their breed. They often bond with
one member of the household and bestow most of their
affection on their human. They will tolerate
more from their favorite human than they will from
others. Vans are opinionated (and very intelligent)
and may not like some of your friends.
Recognize that Turkish Vans have complex
personalities and be patient when introducing one to
your household. Some older cats may require a
several week adjustment period, but can become very
loving members of the family if given time.
Others will be the boss of the house within
Turkish Vans vocal? Not unless they
have something important to tell you.
me a treat!
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