Turkish Vankedisi Cat
Vankedisi originate from Eastern Turkey around the region of Van,
hence their name. They have a fascination of water and have been
known to swim in Lake Van. Known to the Turkish population as
Turkish Van Cat, these cats are endangered and cannot now legally
be exported from Turkey.
They are pure white Turkish Van cats, because of the absence
of patterning it was impossible to obtain recognition of these
cats as Turkish Van as the word Van has been corrupted and used
to describe markings now seen in other breeds. Therefore a decision
was made to register them as a new breed and GCCF accepted the
name Turkish Vankedisi
HISTORY OF THE BREED
The first cat entered the UK in 1991. Preliminary recognition
with obtained in 2005 with GCCF. They have been allocated the
breed number 13w and can have amber, blue or odd eyes.
Turkish Vankedisi are a semi-longhaired cat with long soft and
silky fur. This breed lacks the woolly undercoat of other longhaired
breed. Their coat remains tangle free and does not require the
frequent grooming which other longhaired cat's demand.
Turkish Vankedisi are only acceptable as a pure white cat, no
other solid colours are recognised. In Van these cats can be found
with amber, blue or odd-eye, due to the odd-eyes being preferred,
the odd eye Turkish Vankedisi is highly revered and accepted by
the Turkish as the true Van Cat.
The Turkish Vankedisi takes up to 4 years to reach full maturity;
it is a sturdy muscular cat weighing anything between 5 - 8 kg
for an adult male. These cats have a summer and a winter coat
due to the extremes of temperature found in Eastern Turkey. In
winter the coat is longer and denser with adults developing a
lion-like ruff and pantaloons, between the toes and inside the
ears they have tufts of fur to help keep them warm in the colder
They have a wedge shaped head, which is broad, a strong muzzle;
their ears are wide set and their eyes oval in shape with pink
rims they also have shell pink inner ears and nose pad. Their
neck is strong and shoulders wide. They are a muscular cat and
are very powerful.
They show all the traits of a Turkish Van and like them some prefer
water more than others do, but they definitely like to play with
water. They have been known to join family members in the bath
or shower. Keeping the toilet lid down is a must.
They will insist in being involved, as they are very affectionate
cats. Their temperament depends on how well they are socialised;
generally they are very affectionate and crave human attention.
They will sit on your lap and are happy to stay there for hours.
Like Turkish Van they generally get on well with children and
They will happily accept life as an indoor cat because of their
love of attention, but they do need exercise. Turkish Vankedisi
can be easily trained to retrieve balls, screwed up paper and
will expect you to do this until they tire. A very inquisitive
cat, if they find items they are attracted to they will steal
them and are affectionately known as the magpies.
Turkish Vankedisi can be mated to Turkish Van and vice versa,
as they are an acceptable outcross for each breed. Resulting kittens
will be registered as Turkish Van if they are patterned or Turkish
Vankedisi if they are pure white.