Turkish van adult black and white

Turkish Van

The Turkish Van likes playing with water and is the only cat known to swim of their own free will.

About the Turkish Van

While loyal, loving and affectionate, the Turkish Van is highly intelligent and highly active. They need plenty of exercise which can come from exploring outdoors or play with interactive cat toys.

Turkish Vans are not recommended for families with very young children, as they are muscular and often stand on their back feet when challenged and tend to play quite roughly.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from World Cat Congress (WCC)

Breed specifics

Medium coat
Size category

Loyal / Loving / Affectionate / Active / Intelligent / Vocal

Key facts

  • Needs moderate grooming
  • May not get on well with children
  • Suited to indoor and outdoor life

A Turkish Van's life story

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