Gypsy Vanner horses have a height between 13 and 15.2 hands as adults, are a stocky and muscular breed, have heavy hair in some places and come in a variety of colors. The official Gypsy Vanner registry was formed in 1996.
Vanners are known for the ample hair on their legs, tail and mane. Their legs feature feathered hair starting at the knees that covers their hooves completely, and a double mane is commonly found in the breed, though it is not a breed standard. The breed standard favors straight, smooth hair, though some curl is permitted. Overly coarse or kinky hair is generally labelled a fault in the breed.
The breed has a large barrel-shaped chest with a long, flexible back and a muscular neck. These horses are suitable for both riding and driving purposes, which comes from the breed's origins with Gypsies in Great Britain who aimed to create a good breed for driving caravans.
Vanners are a gentle breed that is kind and friendly towards humans. Although very athletic, they have a docile temperament and prefer environments with little stress. They are social, intelligent horses that take instruction well and are generally easy for handlers to control.