By Marianne Upham

© Alan Robinson


The Turkish Vankedisi Cat


Turkish 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

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 climates.

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 other animals.

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.


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