Turkish vans are predominately white with auburn markings. In the 1950's, two English women bought a stocky white female cat with flashes of head colour and a full auburn tail. Their Istanbul hotel manager told them of another cat - a male with very similar markings. They took both cats back to Britain, and after four years, were successfully breeding consistently patterned kittens. The breed was officially recognized in Britain in 1969as the Turkish Cat, the name later being changed to Turkish Van.
Turkish Vans are extremely intelligent. They have quiet soft voices and are happy to be indoor cats provided they are kept amused. They are lively cats and will enjoy playing games with humans or other cats. They do like water and may like to take a dip in the bath if no pool is available! Because of the Van's affinity with water, safety is particularly important. The Turkish van breed does not mature completely until about three or four years of age.
The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.