Originating in the Jura region of Switzerland the breed was descended from
the Anglo Norman stallions imported in the early 1800. They were crossed
with local mares to produce a small draught horse that was active and
sure-footed and ideally suited for work on the local hill farms. Later it
also became popular as a military draught horse. It is possible that some
half-bred English Hunter and Ardennes blood was introduced in the early days
of the breed, though it has remained remarkably pure since that time.
Standing at about 15hh it is a strong, heavily built horse with a short
strong back and body; powerful hind-quarters; short, strong legs and hard
feet. Well adapted to the weather conditions and hillside work from where it
became established, it is a good, willing workhorse, sure footed, with an
amiable temperament. It may be any solid colour.