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Breeds of Livestock - Fighting Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Fighting Cattle

Fighting Bull

fightingbull-web-1.jpgAlso Known As: toro de lidia, toro lidiado, ganado bravo, Touro de Lide

A subspecies of auroch, Bos taurus Ibericus, is thought to be the ancestor of the all the dark colored breeds found on the Iberian peninsula including the Fighting bull or Fighting cattle. The breed is selected primarily for aggressiveness, strength and vigor. They are bred primarily in Spain, Portugal and those Latin American countries were bull fighting is organized.

Most individuals are either black or dark brown but the colors range from gray to white-patched, brindled, roan, red and chestnut. The Fighting cattle are recognized for their elegant stature. The toro has a long curved neck and holds its head very high. The long slender legs of the breed allow it to generate remarkable speed and the breed is noted for its agility. Mature bulls weight approximately 600 to 700kg (1300-1600 pounds).


Genus Bos: Cattle Breeds of the World, 1985, MSO-AGVET (Merck & Co., Inc.), Rahway, N.J.

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.


David Calero, Colombia



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