Europeans have bred Blonde d'Aquitaine cattle since the 6th century. These beef cattle evolved from draft animals, which explains their muscle development, hardiness and docile temperament. At one time they pulled carts, carrying weapons and goods plundered by eastern conquerors, across Germany and Gaul into Spain and Portugal. Today, Blondes and bred for beef. The first Blondes was imported to North America, from France, in 1972.