By PetMD Editorial on Dec. 20, 2009

The Danubian is actually a half-bred horse originating from Bulgaria. However, it lives mainly in the Dunav Valley or the Danube (whence its name), as well as on the plains of Southern Bulgaria. A common breed, the Danubian (also called the Dunayska) is generally used for draft work.


Physical Characteristics


The Danubian is bred predominantly for its impressive constitution and compact size, standing between 15.3 and 16 hands high (61-64 inches, 155-163 centimeters). It has a solid skeletal structure, healthy and well-developed. Its strength and light gait, meanwhile, make the Danubian ideal for transportation and farm work.


Personality and Temperament


Apart from its strength, the Danubian is often used for draft work because of its good temperament and easy maintenance. Generally of good health, the horse requires minimal food to thrive.


History and Background


The Danubian, or Dunav horse, is actually a Bulgarian breed developed in 1924 at G. Dimtrov stud (located near Pleven) by crossing Nonius stallions with half-bred mares.


During the last few decades, however, many thoroughbreds were incorporated into the breeding process, resulting in stock of much higher quality than before. It can even be said that the thoroughbreds gave the Danubian a competitive edge.

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