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A bull is an intact adult male of the species Bos taurus. More muscular and aggressive than the female of the species, the cow. the bull has long been an important symbol in many cultures, and plays a significant role in both beef ranching and dairy farming, and in a variety of other cultural activities such as bull fighting.
Spanish Fighting Bulls are primarily bred free-range on extensive estates in Spain, Portugal and Latin American countries where bullfighting is organized. Fighting bulls are selected primarily for a certain combination of aggression, energy, strength, and stamina.
The fighting bull is characterized by its aggressive behavior, especially when solitary or unable to flee. Many are colored black or dark brown, but other colorations are normal. They reach maturity slower than meat breeds as they were not selected to be heavy. Having instead a well-muscled “athletic” look, with a prominent morillo, a complex of muscles over the shoulder and neck which gives the bull its distinctive profile and strength with its horns.
Fighting cattle are bred on wide-ranging ranches in Spain’s dehesas, which are often havens for Spanish wildlife as the farming techniques. used are extensive, It is raised by its mother until one year old, after which it is separated from the mother regardless of gender. Afterwards it is branded and kept in single-sex groups. When they reach two years or so, they are sent to the tienta, or testing.
The aggression of the bull has been maintained (or augmented, see above) by selective breeding. Bullfighting has come to be popular among the people of Spain and Portugal and the parts of Latin America. Bullfighting took root during colonial rule, as well as Southern France, where it spread to during the 19th century.