Le Pin stud farm in the Orne County of the Lower Normandy region is one of the founding Percheron stud farms, tracing its origin back to 1760 and still operating as of 2015, making it one of the foremost breeding farms in the world. In the United States, Windermere Farms and Pennwoods Percherons are among breeders consistently producing All American and World Champion horses.
Percherons are typically black or gray and can weigh up to 2,600 lbs. Famous Percheron horses include the Heinz Hitch, a team of eight black Percherons formerly used to promote Heinz products before being donated to Arlington National Cemetery for use in parades, and Goliath, the Guinness Book of World Record titleholder for Tallest Living Horse. Goliath stood 19.1 hands high, or 6 feet 5 inches at the withers.