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post #31 of 46
The red and white male pictured is NOT a true Turkish Van - those are longhair cats and only have color on the head and tail. He's just a nice looking red tabby and white - not a van at all. Don't know why you think he is.
post #32 of 46
I knew an orange female stray once. She was a longhair, sort of "champagne" color light orange.
post #33 of 46
I have had 2 shorthaired red tabby boys. They had the softest fur, and lovely purrsonalities, very mellow. Webb, the green eyed one was a large cat, and Leo, the gold eyed one was huge, at 22 lbs at his biggest. Almost no fat on either of them.
post #34 of 46
I saw one at the vet office, also heard the kitty was "rare". She was kept by a staff member and was spayed.
post #35 of 46
We had a female orange kitten when one of the cats we had gave birth. I didn't know they were rare. I knew that male tortise shell cats were rare and male calico cats too.
post #36 of 46
I had an orange female before. I think she was short hair, but I am not sure. I will post a picture of her tomorrow, my internet is being really slow right now.
post #37 of 46
Daisy says that of course ginger girls are special
post #38 of 46
WE have a ginger female in at the moment, she must be a shorthair as I get told otherwise. I know of 2 people on another forum who have shorthair ginger girls.
post #39 of 46
Red females aren't particularly rare. Like someone said earlier, you simply need for both parents to pass on the gene for red, which is why there tends to be more red males than females (males only need for one parent to be red). A lot seems to depend on local gene pools - if there are lots of red cats in an area then red females will be quite common. A work colleague of mine has 2 red females, and an ex colleague has recently got one red female kitten. As to the shorthair/longhair thing - I don't believe the gene for longhair has anything to do with the gene for red hair? Jaffa is a short haired red tabby, for the record (and the 3 female cats mentioned above are all short haired).
post #40 of 46
Liza says,
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what i mean is, yes, shes is 95% orange, with some creme on her belly. What i meant by a clone of her dad is she is medium hair, and has "sideburn" like face like he does.

Dad's mom was a turkish van, and dad was a turkish van, and he is dark orange and white.
Now we understand, Liza. We thought perhaps you meant "hairwise" to include coloration, and of course a true Turkish Van will not be predominately a color other than white.
post #41 of 46
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here is Dad...
What a handsome boy, Liza. He shows his heritage, but his color balance may perhaps be somewhat questionable. In any event he is a lovely boy.
post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
Red females aren't particularly rare. Like someone said earlier, you simply need for both parents to pass on the gene for red, which is why there tends to be more red males than females (males only need for one parent to be red). A lot seems to depend on local gene pools - if there are lots of red cats in an area then red females will be quite common. A work colleague of mine has 2 red females, and an ex colleague has recently got one red female kitten. As to the shorthair/longhair thing - I don't believe the gene for longhair has anything to do with the gene for red hair? Jaffa is a short haired red tabby, for the record (and the 3 female cats mentioned above are all short haired).
Males only need one parent to carry the "orange" gene. Said parent can be tortoiseshell, calico, or orange.

To the questions in here about hair length...The orange gene is linked to the X chromosome (XX female XY male), it is not linked to hair length or texture. Those are inherited separately from parents--hence cats with different hair length come in different colors. That is why we have orange Persians/Curls/etc. All they need is one or two copies of the gene, depending upon their gender.
post #43 of 46
My oldest cat Scruffy is a orange (red tabby) domestic shorthair female. She also had a litter of kittens (this was before I knew all about pet overpopulation).

post #44 of 46
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The red and white male pictured is NOT a true Turkish Van - those are longhair cats and only have color on the head and tail. He's just a nice looking red tabby and white - not a van at all. Don't know why you think he is.
You will have noticed that we gently questioned the male's coloration, but we must differ with your statement that TV's only have color on the head and tail. They may have 15% of the body in the contrasting color, excluding the head and tail. Granted, Liza's male at least pushes the envelope, and he is perhaps outside the envelope. The TV is generally referred to as "semi-long haired," and indeed the length of the hair can vary widely with the seasons.

If any of our dear readers are interested in learning more about this marvelous breed they might take a look at the CFA's Breed Profile, here, http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/turkish-van.html, and the CFA's Breed Standard, here, http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/standards/turkish-van.html. (Sorry, we were unable to get the link generator to work, probably our bad).

If you take a look at the two slide shows in our siggy you will see a couple of examples of how the permissible coloration balance of TV's can vary. Samwise has the classic TV coloration, with contrast appearing only on the tail and a couple of spots on the head. Molly, his half-sister, has much more contrast, but well within the breed standard.

Both Samwise and Molly are CFA Grand Champions, and Samwise is also a CFA Grand Premier. We are very proud of both of them.
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
The red and white male pictured is NOT a true Turkish Van - those are longhair cats and only have color on the head and tail. He's just a nice looking red tabby and white - not a van at all. Don't know why you think he is.

cause mom and dad were.
post #46 of 46
Kitty is a boy but he ACTS like a big girl
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