The origins of the Pustertaler, commonly known as Schecken or Sprinzen, date back to 1700. In the past the Pustertaler was highly esteemed for its milk and meat quality. The Pustertaler were the most productive breed in the alpine region and even in the whole Austro-Hungarian monarchy as far as milk and beef performance are concerned.
Circumstances which are hard to imagine nearly led to the extinction of this dual purpose breed that was once so famous. Due to the traditional mentality of the farmers in the Pustertal and thanks to the work of some enthusiasts we are lucky to have at least some animals of this breed left. Nowadays the future of the Pustertaler seems to be guaranteed.
The name Schecken or Sprinzen the Pustertaler owe to the color distribution on the body of the animals. It can be noted that the color can be black and white or red and white. The typical color patches can be extensive or spotted. They are called Schecken if patches are extensive, and Sprinzen if patches are spotted.