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Turkish Vankedisi – Cat Breed Guide
Adopt a Turkish Vankedisi, Cat Breed Guide
The Turkish Vankedisi is a domesticated breed that is essentially a Turkish Van, but it comes with pure white coats! This cat breed is different from the Turkish Angora and in some parts of the world, a separate breed from the Turkish Van.
It shares very similar traits, history and even foundation base with the Turkish Van, but is distinguished as a different cat breed for not having the genes that produce the van pattern on its coats. Some of the feline registries recognize this as a fault and thus does not recognize the Turkish Vankedisi. Other major feline registries recognize this particular breed as a variety of coats while others fully recognize it as a distinct domesticated cat breed.
The Vankedisi on the breed’s name is actually derived from the local Turkish phrase that is used to describe the Van cats, a different breed from the Turkish Van. For those feline registries that do not recognize it as a distinct breed, Turkish Vankedisi is called Turkish Van Whites or pure white coated Turkish Vans.
Before the separation of the Turkish Angora and Turkish Van as two distinct breeds from Turkey, it is also called simply as Turkish Cats.
The Turkish Vankedisi shares the same origins with the Turkish Van. These are just purely white-coated cats and of Turkish in ancestry that can be linked to the ancient cats that first appeared in the area surrounding Lake Van.
Before the 1990s, Turkish Vankedisi cats were considered just a coat variety of the Turkish Vat cat breed that was first seriously developed in Great Britain. This all-white coated cat breed was developed to consistently produce pure white furs.
Size: Turkish Vankedisi cats are typically medium to large-sized felines.
Coat Type: Turkish Vankedisi cats have coats that are considered as longhaired in length, and will come only in all-white coat color with no van-pattern.
Body Type: Turkish Vankedisi cats have bodies that are moderate in type.
Grooming Requirement: Turkish Vankedisi cats will require regular grooming. Having these cats groomed at least two times a week is recommended.
Vocal Tendency: Like its closely related cousins, the Turkish Angora and the Turkish Van, these all-white coated cats are vocal felines that will often show their talkativeness.
Energy Levels: Turkish Vankedisi cats have very high energy and will be very active.
Time Alone: Turkish Vankedisi cats require 4 to 8 hours of alone time every day.
Care: Turkish Vankedisi cats will require lots of attention and will be moderately docile in handling.
Governing Council of the Cat Fancy – recognizes the Turkish Vankedisi as a Preliminary New Breed and only shown for assessment and not for titles.
The International Cat Association – the Turkish Vankedisi is under consideration to be recognized and included as a coat variant under the Turkish Van cat breed.
The Turkish Vankedisi is a Turkish Van through and through, except for that, it does not show the distinct van-pattern that made the Turkish Van famous. It is distinguishable from other breeds for having a pure white coat color. The Turkish Vankedisi shares the history of the modern Turkish Van that can trace its roots to the cats bred in Great Britain during 1955 by Ms. Laura Lushington and Ms. Sonia Halliday.
The two women decided to start a breeding program using the Turkish cats they brought home. The progenies of these cats owned by Ms. Lushington and Ms. Halliday eventually became the foundation stock of the modern-day Turkish Van. By 1969, the breed was recognized in Britain and in Europe under the name Turkish Cat. With the development of the Turkish Angora, the breed’s official name was changed to the modern Turkish Van. This was done in 1979, which aimed to differentiate it with the Turkish Angora cat breed. The breed reached North America during the year 1982. It was only fully recognized as a pedigree by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1994.
Today, not all major feline registries recognize the Turkish Vankedisi as a distinct breed. Some of these international associations recognize it as just a coat variety of the original Turkish Van.
The Turkish Vankedisi cats are also called the Swimming Cat like the Turkish Van. This is due to these cats’ ability to tolerate water and known to love bathing in water, especially if there is a toy involved. These cats are also known for their high intelligence, able to learn tricks and lessons as well as trained to do menial household related tasks like turning off the faucet or flushing the toilet. Turkish Van cats are energetic as well and will be very active while indoors. This is a domesticated cat breed that will be very loving and offer undying loyalty to their human owners. Although regarded as a great family cat to have, the Turkish Van will form a stronger attachment to one particular member of its human family.
Turkish Vankedisis are semi-longhaired cats that are distinguished for having pure white coats and no Van-patterned which is prevalent on the Turkish Van breed. Like the latter mentioned cat breed, Vankedisi cats only one layer of hair that is typically three on an average cat breed. Unlike other cats with guard hairs, awn hairs and down hairs, these cats only have the middle layer!
The Turkish Vankedisi is generally considered to be among the largest cat breeds known today. They are distinctive to other breeds from their unique rabbit-like single-layered coats, but also for their top-heavy bodies with broad shoulders.
Turkish Vankedisi cats are large and muscular inbuilt with bodies that are moderately long in length, and having longer hind legs compared to the length of their frontal limbs.
Head, Ears and Eyes
Turkish Vankedisi cats have very substantially broadheads that are wedged in shape but with gentle features. The profile on this cat is shaped by its medium-length nose, noticeable cheekbones and a firm chin. These cats have medium to large-sized ears that are set fairly high on the head but with no vertical appearance. Ears are wide at the base with rounded tips. Turkish Vankedisi cats have eyes that are typically large with a very expressive appearance. Eyes are shaped like a walnut and set slightly oblique. Colors of the eyes can be blue, gold, or odd-eyed.
Coat and Tail
Turkish Vankedisi has tails that are medium in length and bushy with a plume. They are semi-long haired felines with coats that are cashmere-like to the touch. It can change coat lengths, depending on the climate. Hot weather or summer seasons will make them short-haired cats, with hair only on some parts of the body. Colder weather or winter seasons will have these cats grow longer coats that will be dense and thicker.
Coat color varies under the different feline registries. Some major feline registries treat all typical colors and patterns as allowable while some associations separate cats with pure white coats as a different breed, called as Turkish Vankedisi.
Turkish Vankedisi is generally healthy and robust but will also be prone to have odd-eyes that eventually lead to partial or total deafness.