Percherons (breed)

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Scope note
Heavy draft-horse breed that is agile, powerful, mostly grey or black with a fine coat, clean-limbed, and docile. It originated in the Perche region of France. The breed probably stems from the Flemish 'great horse' of the Middle Ages; modified by Oriental blood to develop a coach-horse type, it was changed again in the 19th century by introduction of draft-type blood to produce animals for heavy farm work.
Accepted term: 15-Jul-2024