Clydesdale ( Equus caballus )

Pronunciation key

( klīdzdāl′ )



[After Clydesdale, the valley of the River Clyde, Scotland where the breed originated.].

Any of a breed of strong, heavy draft horse.

Seaworld states:

"There are at least 111 recognized breeds of domesticated horses, including Suffolks, thoroughbreds, quarterhorses, Arabians, and Clydesdales. They all belong to the scientific family Equidae."

Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Chordata – chordates
Subphylum Vertebrata – vertebrates
Class Mammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammals
Subclass Theria Parker and Haswell, 1897
Infraclass Eutheria Gill, 1872
Order Perissodactyla Owen, 1848 – antas, odd-toed ungulates
Family Equidae Gray, 1821 – asses, zebras, horses
Genus Equus Linnaeus, 1758 – horses
Species Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 – horse, horse (feral)

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Equus caballus, Linnaeus, 1758, Taxonomic Serial No.: 180691
  • Equine World, Clydesdale
  • Characteristics and Origin of the Clydesdale Horse
  • Budweiser Clydesdales Anniversary
  • Clydesdale horse breed information
  • Seaworld, Animal Bytes, CLYDESDALE HORSE
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