Pinzgauer were developed in the "Pinzgau" district in the province of Salzburg, Austria, and appear for the first time in documents in the 1600's.
Horned or Polled, Pinzgauer have pigmented skin under a chestnut red coat and white markings on the back, tail and barrel. They adapt readily and easily to a variety of climates. Eye problems are rare. Smooth hair and firm, flexible skin discourages tick and other insect infestations. Bulls average 2000 pounds and up, while mature females level out at approximately 1,000 to 1,300 pounds with a moderate frame.
Pinzgauer progeny have above average weaning weights, gain ability and feed conversion, but they maintain the easy calving ability that cattlemen prefer. Rib-eye measurements and marbling scores indicate high yields and superb quality. The female's udders are well-formed and hold up well during lactation. The breed is known for its docility.