|Originally posted by jcat
He's beautiful! I wonder why he had to compete against Persians and not Turkish Angoras? The latter are much closer to Vans in appearance.
This appears to be because Turkish Angoras are also relatively rare, at least in this part of the world. We only recall seeing one at a show attended by Samwise. It also competed in the Persian class. Samwise, similarly, was often the only Turkish Van present.
On the other hand, Persians are always well-represented -- often the largest class at a show. This does make the competition more exciting, even though poor Samwise had to work so hard to earn his ribbons. Persians are not only popular with owners, but they are also popular with many judges. When he did not do very well at one show Samwise was heard to exclaim (in Turkish, of course), "Sorry, Mom. I was Persianed."
And then, at the very next show, he came home with the "Best Champion" ribbon!
We are very proud of Samwise that he was able to compete successfully against such tough and experienced competition. He has earned a little rest on the coffee table.