Horse Breeds - Percherons

Percherons, another heavy horse breed especially prevalent in the U.S.A. and Canada, originated in the La Perche region of France, and are valued for their hardiness, activity and good temperament.


These attractive grey or black horses were first imported to America in 1839, though the Percheron Horse Society of America was not established until 1905.

The horse breed is widely distributed and there are Percherons in both Australia and Russia, but they only arrived in Britain in 1918 after the thousands of pure and half-bred animals, brought over to France from Canada, the U.S.A. and the Argentine for Army Transport with the British Expeditionary Force, had more than proved their worth.

These horses are no longer common in Britain, but a few British-bred Percherons have recently been exported to introduce fresh blood into the Canadian and American studs.