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Van Kedisi - Breed Profile:

Origin: Turkey
Size: Medium
Coat Type(s): Longhair
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful

Physical characteristics

The Van Kedisi, also known as the Turkish Vankedisi, is a medium size cat with a svelte body and distinctively long but muscular legs. The head is wedge-shaped. The medium size ears are set moderately wide, they have rounded tips and luxurious long hair inside each ear. The eyes are almond shaped. Most Van Kedisi cats have either blue or amber eyes, but many of them have one amber-green eye and one blue eye. Such odd-eyed Vans are most valued. The tail is long and fluffy.


Van Kedisi cats are friendly and intelligent, but some people call them "terrible house pets" because they are extremely energetic and may find fun in breaking things and causing other "disasters". They may also be somewhat jealous of other pets since they want to be the only center of your attention all the time. Average talkers, Van Kedisi cats tend to howl rather than to meow. Given enough attention, they are affectionate and loving pets even though can be a handful.

Coat and grooming

Unlike Turkish Van and Turkish Angora, the coat of Van Kedisi cats is always white. In fact, the Turkish Vankedisi is simply a completely white Turkish Van. It has not been accepted as part of that breed because it fails to show the typical van markings. Hence the dedicated name of Turkish Vankedisi. Read more about differences between Turkish Van, Turkish Angora, and Turkish Van Kedisi.
Like in the Turkish Van, the coat of Van Kedisi cats is long and silky. Weekly grooming is preferable.


Van Kedisi cats have a genetic tendency to deafness. Otherwise, the breed is naturally robust.

Other interesting facts

All newborn Van Kedisi kittens have grey-coloured eyes, and their individual eye colours begin to develop after about 25 days old.
Some say that Van Kedisi cats love water much more than other felines, and can even swim in it sometimes. Apparently, this is a part of their heritage: they were said to swim in the Van Lake.