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rnrnCanadienne cattle arrived in Quebec between 1608 and 1660.rnThey were the first cattle breed to be developed in North America, primarilyrnfrom animals imported from Normandy and Brittany. The stock was blended on thisrncontinent and selected for hardiness and productivity in the New World.rnrn 

rnrnCanadienne were very popular until the beginning of the 19thrncentury. Later, the breed was threatened by the introduction of larger sizedrnBritish stock, before being taken in hand in 1883 by a small group of concernedrnbreeders who formed the Canadienne Cattle Breeders Association. The Canadiennernbreed is still mainly found in the province of Quebec.rnrn 

rnrnCanadienne cattle are recognized for their hardiness andrnadaptability to inhospitable soils and climates. They are born pale but theirrncoat becomes black, brown, tawny or reddish-brown with a paler muzzle, side,rnand udder or scrotum. Cows weigh 1000 -1100 pounds, are long-lived and have arndocile temperament. The meat tends to be lean, and the light bone results in arnhigh dressing percentage. Their milk is also in demand for cheese production.rnrn

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