Breed Standard

Definition of Pure-Bred Limousin Breed Standard

Definition Of Limousin Breed Standards As Described In The Society Bye Laws dated December 2010

1.1  SIZE

The Limousin should have a large, but fine, and strong boned frame.  Mature Limousin females should average 650 kilos and mature males 1000 kilos.

1.2  COAT COLOUR

i) This should be vivid golden-red in colour.  Some variation is acceptable, but it should not be too dark or light, and should be lighter under the stomach, inside the thighs, around the eyes and muzzle, and around the anus and end of the tail.

Any male or female which has a solid patch of hair of an inconsistent colour with the main coat colour and which is larger than 1.25cm in diameter except below a straight line extending from where the flank meets the anterior aspect of the hind leg to the point of the sternum (breast bone) and not including the legs must not be used for pedigree breeding. (Please see Diagram A below).

ii) Limousins with black genetics show a variation in colour.  Calves can be a light fawn or brown in colour graduating through different ages to a deep black at a fully mature age. The colour of the animal irrespective of age must always be consistent.  Any male or female animal which has a solid patch of hair of an inconsistent colour with the main coat colour and which is larger than 1.25cm diameter except below a straight line extending from where the flank meets the anterior aspect of the hind leg to the point of the sternum (breast bone) and not including the legs must not be used for pedigree breeding. (Please see Diagram A below).   Mature black animals can often display black coats fully tinged with brown hairs.

Any red Limousin with black genetics must meet the coat colour description as outlined in 1.2i.

DIAGRAM A:

 

1.3  HEAD

The head should be short with a wide forehead and broad muzzle.  If horns are present, they should be fine and curved forward with slightly raised extremities of lighter colour than the rest of the horn. The absence of horns shall not be a bar to entry to the herdbook, providing the parentage fulfils the Society’s standards.

1.4  BODY

The body should have well-fleshed forequarters; a deep, rounded chest with well sprung ribs; a broad, straight, and well muscled back; a large and well rounded rump, with pin bones not too protruding; and deep and well rounded thighs.  The belly should be wide but straight, and not too prominent on the bottom line.  The hide should be fine and supple.

1.5  LEGS

The legs should be fine-boned but strong and straight with a square even stance, and sound feet.

1.6  DISPOSITION

Animals should have a manageable disposition.

1.7  ELIMINATING FACTORS

a) Any characteristics obviously contrary to the breed standard.

b) Any obvious malformation or deviation.