Descended from the early Swedish work horse this breed has only been
recognised as a separate breed since 1900. A compact, active and powerful
Draught Horse originally influenced by the Dole and in the nineteenth
century by the introduction of Belgian and Clysdale blood. This later
influence produced more strength and substance to the breed. The government-
subsidised stallions-rearing institute at Wangen has greatly improved breed
standards, with rigorous tests for stamina and conformation.
The North Swedish stands at 15.1 to 15.3 h.h. it is normally bay, dun,
brown, chestnut or black in colour with a thick mane and tail. The head is
relatively large; the neck is short; the body is deep; the limbs are short
and strong with plenty of bone and some feather. It is a hardy breed, with
renowned longevity, exceptional resistance to equine disease and an
economical feeder. It has good, active, long paces, an admirable kind
temperament and it is a strong, enduring, willing worker. All these
qualities make it a popular choice for forestry and farm work.