Got "Tippy" at the Humane Society little over a year ago.
I've seen photo of another cat that appears to be the same breed as Tippy.
I am just trying to find what breed Tippy is...not that she's Turkish Van, but, she has these markings as the cat in the photo did. They would pass for twins.
I would say that Tippy is a random bred cat with some genes that are also found in the Turkish Van.
In other words she is a Turkish Van mix. She has the classic Van pattern.
The Turkish Van is an ancient cat. I am sure the genetic makeup (genotype) of the Turkish Van has travelled far and wide and found itself in part in mixed breed cats all over the world.
That is my theory, which is based on an article by scientists: Cat Genetics.