Turkish Van - TUV
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Turkish Van 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 Turkish Van is known for its distinctive pattern - a white cat with a strikingly coloured head and tail.
Top of head
The head has the shape of a broad blunt wedge with gentle contours, of medium length.
Muzzle and chin
The muzzle is rounded, the chin firm.
The profile is almost straight, with just a slight dip below eye-level. Nose medium long, straight.
Large and oval, alert and expressive. Set at a slight slant. They are light amber, blue or odd eyed colour with pink rims.
The ears are moderately large, with a broad base and slightly rounded tips. They are straight set, rather high and upright on the skull.
Size and boning
The medium sized to large cat has a muscular body with a medium heavy bone structure.
The chest is massive and solid, ribcage rounded, pelvic area solid.
The neck is muscular.
Legs and paws
The legs have medium length, the paws are round.
The tail is of medium length and furnished with a brush appearance.
The coat is silky without a woolly undercoat. It is shorter on the neck and the shoulders and longer at the breeches and on the tail. 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 become more pronounced with age.
Red, cream, black, blue, tortie, bluecream and all those with tabby markings are recognised. Tabby patterns are not specified. The body colour is 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. White nose. Ears should be white with delicate shell pink inside. The brush is coloured.
See general part
Special breed faults
Orange or copper eyes in adults.
Siamese, Persian or British type.
Total absence of colour on the head and/or tail (whites excluded).
Small, irregular, coloured patches on the body should not disqualify a cat, which is otherwise good.
Cross-breeding with any other breed is prohibited.