The Chianina (pronounced kee-a-nee-na) may well be one of the oldest breeds of cattle in existence. The breed originated primarily in the west central part of Italy and was found in a wide variety of environmental conditions. Because of this, the cattle vary in size and type from region to region.
The porcelain-white Chianina is the largest breed of cattle in the world and have short hair that varies from white to steel grey in colour. Bulls are often a darker grey around their front ends. Both sexes have black pigmented skin, including a black tongue, palate, nose, eye area and switch. This pigmentation gives excellent resistance to pinkeye and cancer eye.