The Clydesdale is a heavy draft horse. They generally weigh between 1600 and 2500 pounds, and stand 16.2-19 hands tall. They are usually brown, or bay, with white feathers on their feet, and sometimes white paint markings, or roaning in their coats.
In the 18th Centruy, Many Flemish stallions were imported into Scotland. These stallions are believed to be the founding sires of the breed. They are named after "Clyde Valley", where the breed first originated. The large stallions were bred to smaller mares, creating the original (smaller) Clydesdales. The breed grew and progressed from there.