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In Austria 800 BC, Celts first introduced the ancestors of the Pinzgauer to an area called the Hohe Tauern mountain range which is located in today's federal state of Salzburg. As with many breeds of cattle there were many pre-requisites to the breed we know today, these evolved in the valleys of Salzburg such as Tyrol, Carinthia but also in Bavaria and Styria. Some were spotted, some predominantly brown and some black variants too. These colours helped protect and blend in with their environments.

Through history the different types have been known by various names for example - Pinzgauer, Pongauer, Salzburger Schecken, Mölltaler, Brixentaler, Tiroler Rückenschecken, Traunsteiner, or Berchtesgadner. The "Pinzgauer breed" was first defined in more precise terms after the creation of the first breeders' association at the end of the 19th Century with breeding targets based on strict colour requirements.   more...

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