Two Turkish Vans were imported into Britain in the 1950s by a couple who were struck by the unusual markings of the cats they saw while on holiday in Turkey. The pair were found to breed true, and after a slow start, and the introduction of more Turkish stock, recognition was granted in 1969. The popularity of the breed has grown in recent years, especially in the UD and Australia, where it is now eligible to be shown.
Affectionate, lively, and highly intelligent, the Turkish Van makes an excellent companion.
Apart from the original Auburn-and-White variety, Cream-and-White, black-and-White, and Tortoiseshell-and-White Turkish Vans are now being developed.