Are westerns considered romance or historic fiction?

I’m writing a western right now and was wondering if it was considered romance or historic fiction?

any ideas of how to make it a romance?

“Western” is often its own genre, but in itself would fit under historic fiction.

As to making a western story a romance…have a romance in it. There’s plenty of such stories and they seem to do well.


You make any story a romance by making the relationship the main focus of the plot. I’ve read some great romance stories which are in a western setting. One that comes to mind is The Revolt of Sarah Perkins, by Marian Cockrell (written in the '60s, but set in the late 1800s).