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TURKISH VAN

General Type Standard

(Reproduced from the GCCF Official Standard of Points, June 2005)

The Turkish Van Cat is a naturally occurring semi-longhaired breed from the rugged region of the Middle East centred on Lake Van, where the climate varies to extremes.

The breed is known for its unique distinctive pattern, a white cat with strikingly coloured head and tail. It is a large muscular cat; the strength and power is evident in its substantial body and legs.

The breed does not gain full maturity until three years or more, therefore allowances must be made for age and gender. Individual cats should convey an overall impression of a well balanced, well proportioned and strong appearance in which no one feature is exaggerated.

All varieties of Turkish Van should conform to this general type standard.

Head - Substantial broad wedge, nose medium to long, straight but with a barely perceptible dip in profile.

Ears - Moderately large, well feathered, fairly close together and set high on head.

Eyes - Large and oval, alert and expressive. To be of the requisite colour with pink rims.

Body - Long and sturdy, broad, muscular and deep-chested, especially the males.

Legs and Feet - Legs well-boned and medium in length. Feet neat, well rounded and tufted.

Tail - Full brush, length to balance with the body.

Coat and condition - Fur should be long, soft and silky to the roots. No woolly undercoat. It should be noted that the winter coat of the Van is longer and heavier than the summer coat. Longer coated cats are to be preferred. The neck and chest ruff should be more pronounced with age. The cat should be well groomed and immaculately prepared with no trace of greasiness, staining or tangles in the coat.

Colour and Pattern - Chalk white with no trace of yellow. Colour markings on the head but not below the level of the eyeliners or beyond the base of the rear of the ears; the colour on the head should be separated by a vertical white blaze. It should be noted that too little marking on the head is as undesirable as too much. White nose. Ears should be white with delicate shell pink inside. The brush is coloured. Nose leather and paw pads pink.

Note: The foregoing description is the ideal.

  1. Occasional small 'thumb prints' of colour irregularly placed on the cat, colour extending from the root of the tail onto the back and small extensions of colour beyond the defined limits of the head markings are undesirable but should not penalise an otherwise good specimen.
  2. The eye colours may fade with age, the amber particularly taking on a greenish tinge, which likewise should not penalise an otherwise good specimen.

Scale of Points

Head and Eye shape 

25
Ears       10
Eye colour 10
Body and Tail 25
Coat  15
Colour and Pattern  15

Total  

100

Withhold Certificates or First Prizes in Kitten Open Classes for;

  1. Siamese, Persian or British type

  2. Light-boned or undersized adults

  3. Orange or copper eyes in adults

  4. Absence of van patterning

  5. Apartially white tail

  6. Any defect as listed in the preface to the GCCF SOP booklet.

AUBURN TURKISH VAN (13d)

Pattern Colour - Head markings auburn. Brush solid auburn or ringed with dark auburn on a paler auburn ground.

Eye Colour - Light to medium amber.

 

AUBURN TURKISH VAN - Blue-eyed (13d bl)

Pattern Colour - Head markings auburn. Brush solid auburn or ringed with dark auburn on a paler auburn ground.

Eye Colour - Blue.

 

AUBURN TURKISH VAN - Odd-eyed (13d od)

Pattern Colour - Head markings auburn. Brush solid auburn or ringed with dark auburn on a paler auburn ground.

Eye Colour - One of blue, one of light to medium amber.

 

CREAM TURKISH VAN (13d 7)

Pattern Colour - Head markings cream. Brush solid cream or ringed with cream on a paler cream ground.

Eye Colour - Light to medium amber.

 

CREAM TURKISH VAN - Blue-eyed (13d 7 bl)

Pattern Colour - Head markings cream. Brush solid cream or ringed with cream on a paler cream ground.

Eye Colour - Blue.

 

CREAM TURKISH VAN - Odd-eyed (13d 7 od)

Pattern Colour - Head markings cream. Brush solid cream or ringed with cream on a paler cream ground.

Eye Colour - One of blue, one of light to medium amber.


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