Texas Longhorn

By: Diana Gil

Origin

  • The Texas Longhorn evolved in North America from descendants of cattle brought into the Americas by the Spanish in the late 1400s and early 1500s.
  • In the early 1800s, wild longhorned cattle were found throughout much of Texas.
  • During the California Gold Rush there was a great demand for cattle in California, therefor cattle began to be driven from Texas to meet the demand.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • The Texas Longhorn was built entirely by nature right here in North America.
  • Stemming from ancestors that were the first cattle to set foot on American soil almost 500 years ago.
  • Hardy, aggressive, and adaptable, the Texas Longhorns were well suited to the rigors of life

Did You Know ?

  • Longhorn cattle have become a symbol of Texas
  • Some horns can be twisted and others can be flat

Color Pattern:

  • Texas Longhorns are known for their diverse coloring. A longhorn can be any color or mix of colors but dark red and white color mixes are the most dominant.