Pinzgauers in Austria
Today's Pinzgauer is a medium-framed well-muscled animal of striking and impressive appearance with distinctive colour markings like no other breed.
It is basically a red animal, sometimes described as mahogany, with a white top line that is narrow at the shoulders and becomes wider at the rump. The tail and underline is white and white extends slightly over the legs. Compared with some European breeds the Pinzgauer is not an overly tall breed, its hallmark being more body length than body height.
When choosing your Pinzgauer note that its back should be long and straight, with a long level loin blending smoothly into the back and rump. The rump should also be long, quite wide at the pins and should round out slightly towards the tailhead.
Pinzgauers possess legs that show considerable strength of bone. As in other breeds of Alpine origins those strong correct legs and dark hooves allow these animals to graze and travel where other breeds could not forage.
Pinzgauers have adapted with wonderful success from their Austrian homeland to many varying climates and topographies around the world. Major Pinzgauer herds can be found in the bleak and cold conditions of Canada, hot dusty and barren conditions in South Africa, across the USA, and a wide variety of conditions in Australia.
Their sturdy legs, structural soundness and inherent stamina make them excellent foragers. And they are just as happy in rough mountain terrain as flat grazing land. They have also adapted successfully to climates varying from harsh cold, to harsh heat. Their pigmented skin means few eye cancer problems.
Pinzgauers are naturally docile. This helps in all aspects of handling, a great advantage in helping conception rates for AI, and the reduction of chances of “Dark Cutting” carcasses. It also makes them most suitable for smaller acreages.