The Turkish Van is a natural breed from the rugged, remote and climatically varied region of the Middle East. It is a semi-longhaired cat with a distinctive pattern, in which colour is preferably limited to the head and tail. It is strong, powerful and solidly built, with great breadth to the chest, long and substantial body and legs, taking 3 to 5 years to mature fully. Adult cats, especially males, tend to fill out in the head as they mature. Males are generally much larger than females.