Turkish Van DMs in CFA

BY KATHY DURDICK
Ristokat Himalayans & Persians

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Perhaps the most coveted title a cat can be awarded in CFA is that of Distinguished Merit or DM.

To be awarded the Distinguished Merit title in CFA, a male cat must sire a minimum of 15 cats who have earned at least one of three titles: Grand Champion, Grand Premier or Distinguished Merit.

A Female DM must have produced 5 or more offspring who earn at least one of these titles.

Regardless of how many titles it earns, an individual cat can count only once towards the DM title of each of its parents.

Often called the "Breeder's" title, the DM represents how well a cat has contributed to the next generation of its breed... and it is the recognition of this impact on future generations that makes this award such a special accomplishment.

In 1999, the first Distinguished Merit title earned by a Turkish Van was a tortie & white female named CH Santir Candy Kiss of Pairodocs, DM. 3 years later, in 2002, the first male earned a Distinguished Merit award - a red & white named GC Pekivanokie's Katvandu of Invanity, DM.


Turkish Van Distinguished Merit Cats in CFA

Year
Name
Sex
Color
1998-99
CH Santir Candy Kiss of Pairodocs, DM
First Turkish Van DM
F
Tortie & White
1999-00
GC, GP Invanity's Vanessa Redgrave, DM
F
Brown Patched Tabby & White
CH Talorien's Vantastic Voyager, DM
F
Black & White
CH Goblen Sonbahar of Desert Jewel, DM
F
Tortie & White
2000-01
CH Invanity Savana B. of Caravanserai, DM
F
Red Tabby & White
CH Invanity's Savantha, DM
F
Black & White
2001-02
GC Pekivanokie's Katvandu of Invanity , DM
First Male Turkish Van DM
M
Red & White
GC Caravanserai Jenni of Pairodocs, DM
F
Tortie & White
2003-04
CH Pekivanokie's Kadin of Caravanserai, DM
F
Red Tabby & White
CH Invanity's Evangeline, DM
F
Red Tabby & White
2004-05
Vansdelmar Alleranth of Pairodocs, DM
F
Red & White
CH Pairodocs Perihan of Caravanserai, DM
F
Tortie & White
CH Artemis Van Kedi Von Alexis, DM
F
Tortie & White
Caravanserai Bindi, DM
F
Tortie & White
2005-06
GC Caravanserai Talico-Of-Borg, DM
F
Brown Patched Tabby & White
GC Wishnwhisker Lord-Of-The Rings, DM
M
Red & White
2006-07
Pairodocs Betty Boop, DM
F
Tortie & White
GC Invanity's Sevanth Heavan, DM
M
Red Tabby & White
2007-08
CH Pairodocs Crystal Singer, DM
F
Dilute Tortie & White
CH, PR Pairodocs Quiana, DM
F
Dilute Tortie & White
GC Invanity's Vannabel Lee, DM
F
Tortie & White
2008-09
CH Pairodocs Melek, DM
F
Cream & White
2010-11
GC Wishnwhisker Selim of Caravanserai, DM
M
Red Tabby & White
 

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