Dutch Warmblood

The Dutch Warmblood is a horse breed that is known for its athleticism and versatility.

They are used in a variety of disciplines, from dressage to show jumping.

If you are looking to learn more about this beautiful breed, keep reading!

Dutch Warmblood Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Dutch Warmblood:

Height (size) 15.5 – 17.0 hands high
Colors Black, bay, brown, gray, and chestnut, but tobiano patterns are seen as well, and white markings are common
Country of Origin The Netherlands
Common Uses Jumping, dressage, eventing

Dutch Warmblood Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Dutch warmblood horse’s ancestry dates back prior to World War II.

At that time, the Gelderlander was an elegant horse of medium stature that was bred as a carriage and draft horse.

The Groningen was a larger, heavy-set horse used primarily in agriculture.

These two native Dutch breeds, in addition to several imported breeds like the Thoroughbred, Holsteiner, Hanoverian, Trakehner and Selle Français, contributed to the development of the modern Dutch warmblood.

Following the end of World War II, automobiles and tractors were taking the place of horses such as the Gelderlander and Groningen.

Thus, the focus of horse breeding shifted to the creation of horses specifically for sport and recreational use.

People still desired a horse that was robust and obedient enough to help with agricultural labor, but they also wanted it to be attractive and graceful so that it could be used to pull carriages and for riding.

The result was the very versatile Dutch warmblood.

Three types of Dutch Warmblood horses are now recognized by the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN): the athletic sport horse, the elegant harness horse, and the original working horse type – the Gelderland.

Dressage and show jumping are two equestrian disciplines in which Dutch Warmbloods are commonly seen competing at the highest levels.

With over 22,000 members and around 10,000 foals registered annually, the KWPN is one of the biggest horse studbooks in the world.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names

“Dutch Sport Horse”, “KWPN”


Easy to work with, intelligent, easygoing

Physical Characteristics

The head is refined, and the profile is usually straight.

The neck is long, arched and muscular, and the withers are somewhat prominent.

The chest and the girth are steep.

The shoulder is sloped giving them a flatter and longer action.

The hindquarters are powerful.

Legs are strong, and the hock joints are low to the ground.


Black, bay, brown, gray, and chestnut, but tobiano patterns are seen as well, and white markings are common

Height (size)

15.5 – 17.0 hands high






Average 1,430 lbs (650 kg)

Blood Type


Common Uses

Jumping, dressage, eventing


Arthritis and other joint issues

Popular Traits

Versatile sport horses



Country of Origin

The Netherlands


Gelderlander, Groningen, and later Thoroughbred, Holsteiner, Hanoverian, Trakehner, Selle Français