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Turkish Van

09th October 2018

Turkish Van

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The Turkish Van has a longish coat and is predominately chalk white with coloured markings on top of the head. The Turkish Van cat seems to have an affinity to water and seems to enjoy a swim. Also known as the Turkish Vankedisi.

Health and welfare issues

At present there are no diseases specifically linked to this breed.


We have limited the information about inherited disorders to those conditions that are known and proven to exist within a breed. For many breeders and many conditions, insufficient information may be available at this time to know whether any particular breed is necessarily free of any particular condition.

In general, pedigree breeds use a much smaller gene pool for breeding than domestic cats and therefore have a higher risk of developing inherited disorders. In addition, a number of ‘newer’ pedigree breeds are derived from matings between one or more ‘older’ breeds, and in these situations perpetuation of inherited problems that were seen in older breeds is likely within the newer breeds.

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