Traditional Gypsy Cob has its origins on the British Isles. The breed was developed by Romanichals, British and Irish Travellers – people of Romany origins in late 19th century.
Gypsy Cob supposed to be strong, good looking (“flashy”) and of a good, quiet nature. Horses were bred to pull living wagons (vardos).
Gypsy Cob was developed by using ponies native to British isles such a Dale and Fell and heavy draft horses as Clydesdale and Shire. While Clydesdale brought height and roan gene, the Shire had impact on the frame and colour, it was actually coloured Shires which didn’t make it to the studbook but Travellers used them for breeding.