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What makes Turkish Van kittens unique?

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Turkish Van kittens are unique because of their distinct patterning and their unusual fondness for water. Known as the swimming cat, the Turkish Van displays a special pattern on its coat due to the breed's piebald gene.

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What makes Turkish Van kittens unique?
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Turkish Van cats are a natural breed from Turkey and the surrounding region. They are famous for their propensity to swim and play in water. Kittens display their parents' distinct pattern of fur, which features spots of color on otherwise all-white bodies. Actually, Turkish Vans are colored cats with enormous spots of white on their coats. Their pattern is due to the action of the piebald white-spotting gene. Although not entirely unique to the breed, the gene probably originated in Turkish Vans.

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