Probably the oldest of the German Warmbloods, it was derived from inter-breeding of local breeds with Spanish and oriental breeds.
During the 19th c. they were crossed with the Yorkshire Coach Horse, to produce the high knee action, presence and good temperaments that made them excellent army horses.
Colour: All colours permissible, Bay with black points and brown most common.
Height: between 16 and 17hh.
Conformation: well-set head in proportion to size, long slightly arched neck, sloping shoulders, strong muscular back and quarters, big clean hocks and hard feet.
Character: intelligent, bold, good temperament.
Uses: all disciplines incl. competition driving.