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Turkish Van


Turkish Van
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Copyright: ayse ekmekci (ayseekmekci) (23)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-22
Categories: Pets
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-02 13:21
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Not to be confused with Van cat or Turkish Angora.
"Turkish Vankedisi" redirects here. For the landrace called Van kedisi in Turkish, see Van cat.
The Turkish Van is a semi-long-haired breed of domestic cat, which was developed in the United Kingdom from a selection of cats obtained from various cities of modern Turkey.[1]:112. The breed is rare,[2] and is distinguished by the van pattern (named for the breed), where the colour is restricted to the head and the tail, and the rest of the cat is white;[2] this is due to the expression of the piebald white spotting gene, a type of partial leucism.[3]:148 A Turkish Van may have blue or amber eyes, or be odd-eyed (having one eye of each colour). The breed has been claimed to be descended from the landrace of usually all-white Van cats (Turkish: Van kedisi), mostly found near Lake Van,[2] though one of the two original breeders' own writings indicate clearly that none of the breed's foundation cats came from the Van area.[4][5]:114

Then called the Turkish Cat, the breed was first recognised as such by a breeder/fancier organisation, the UK-based Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), in 1969.[1]:113 It was later renamed "Turkish Van" to better distinguish it from the Turkish Angora breed. The term "Turkish Vankedisi" is used by some organisations as a name for all-white specimens of the formal Turkish Van breed,[6] nomenclature easily confused with the Van kedisi landrace cats, which are also often all-white.(Wikipedia)


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