|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.