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A piebald is an animal that has large white and black patches. The colour of the horse's skin underneath its coat may vary between black (under the black patches of hair) and pink (under the white patches). It is typically a manifestation of the Tobiano gene.

Similar to the skewbald and oddbald, these colours are now no longer in common use in the UK and are more correctly referred to as Coloured. However, the term is still in common parlance in Ireland where piebald horses are popular amongst Irish Travellers. In the U.S., the more common term for this colouring is paint or pinto, with paint referring to a horse with American Quarter Horse breeding and pinto referring to a horse with any other breed, such as a pinto half-Arabian.

Dogs or cats may also be piebald. Snakes, especially Ball Pythons, may also exhibit seemingly varying patches of completely pigmentless scales along with patches of pigmented scales.


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