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The Mertolenga is a cattle breed from Portugal, one of thirteen registered Portuguese breeds (as of 2003), making up around 19 per cent of cattle in that country.[1]

The breed region is circumscribed almost exclusively to southern Portugal in the Low Alentejo, and Ribatejo regions.


  • Corpulence – average
  • Skeleton – Fine
  • Coat – red roan thousand flowers, red tabby and spotted with red.
  • Mucous – clear or slightly pigmented
  • Profile – straight or sub-convex
  • Horns – thin, elliptical section


  1. ^ Institut national de la recherche agronomique (2003): Animal research, Volumes 52–53, EDP Sciences S.A. (France).

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