The Limousine owes its name to the region from which it originates, the Limousin, located to the west of the Massif Central. It comes more precisely from the department of Haute-Vienne. Fine frame, well-rounded panties, its dress is of bright wheat color (mahogany) with clearer aureoles around the muzzle and the eyes. Its mucous membranes and horns, arched forward, are clear.
The Normande is a red and white cow with occasional sometimes widespread areas of brown hair. Typically, the brown hair has the look of tiger stripes, or brindles, interspersed with the red spots, and there is some degree of balance between the three different hues. However, one colour often dominates, and there is a different name for the dominance of each colour. Calves do not display their brindles until a few weeks after birth, and altogether, Normande cattle tend to darken as they age.