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Turkish Van

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Country of Origin: Turkey

Although the Turkish Van is officially classified as a longhaired cat its hair is not near as long as many other breeds in this class. In Lake Van Turkey where this cat originates they have very harsh winters. This has forced the Turkish Van to grow a long coat during the winter and shed it for a short coat during the summer to cope with the drastic temperature changes.

The Turkish Van is known for being a very strong and powerful cat. It has large muscles in its legs and knees that are adapted for jumping high into the air. Their paws are also very large which also assits in jumping.


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