Turkish Van Cat

The Turkish Van Cat is a naturally occurring breed from the rugged region of the Middle East centred on Lake Van, where the climate varies to extremes. It's uniquely distinctive pattern is that of a chalk white cat with strikingly coloured head and tail. It is large and muscular with strength and power evident in its substantial body and legs, together with the impression of a well-balanced, well-proportioned and strong appearance in which no one feature is exaggerated. The breed does not gain full maturity until three years or more. Turks are said to enjoy swimming in water when they get the chance, and are shy cats but very loving to their human family. The coat is weatherproof and self maintaining, with only occasional grooming required.