Fernando the Spanish Bull

common nameconservation status
 Spanish Bull – Bos Taurus Not Evaluated (NE)
scientific namesize
Bos taurus ibéricus 250 cms (98 in)
familyweigh
 Bovidae 272-454 kg (600-1,000 lb)
orderlifespan
 Artiodactyla Around 20 years
class gestation period
 Mammalia 9 months
 population diet
 This species is common They graze pasture. They are ruminant animals.
habitatrange
 Pastures The range of this species covers almost all the Iberian Peninsula except the northeast.

Did you know...

1.

The Spanish fighting bull is an Iberian bovine. It is a man-made local breed created from Spanish bovine cattle and based on selection, crossing and consanguinity.

 

2.

Besides being selected for beef and milk production, the characteristic called “bravura” (an aggressive nature) has also been sought because of the art of bullfighting.

 

3.

The average lifespan of bulls is twenty years, but when raised in ranches for bullfighting it gets shortened to six.

 

4.

These animals are characterized by their instincts of defense and their aggressive temperament, they have horns curved forward and a strong musculoskeletal system.

 

5.

The selective breeding of the Spanish fighting bull starts in the 15th and 16th century in the province of Valladolid.

 

6.

There are several bull breeds, like Navarra, Jijona, Castellana, Andaluza, Cabrera, Vazqueña, Vista-hermosa and Atanasio-fernandez

7.

In the bullfighting world, the bull is assessed by its “trapío”, which is a set of external features, attitude and observable reactions.

 

8.

Many animal rights organizations are currently fighting to stop bullfighting in the Iberian Peninsula.

 

9.

They are gregarious animals that feel safe in herds.

 

10.

Unlike other species of cattle, the characteristics of the Spanish fighting bull are closer to a wild bovid, with special genetics that make this species unique.

 

11.

The Spanish fighting bull descends from the aurochs (or urus) which was plentiful in Europe in the Middle Ages.

 

12.

Despite the Spanish origin of the breed, it has been exported to other countries like Portugal, France and many countries from the Americas.

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