Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow

To understand where I am coming from with this post, we need to ignore 2 things. The first is that most of these cows are raised for human consumption, and secondly that some of these are bulls, not cows. But to me, they are all cows, just very unusual and rare ones…

 


Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow


 

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Ankole-Watusi Cow

10 – Ankole-Watusi Cow
www.odditycentral.com/pics/worlds-largest-horns.html

The heaviest and longest of all cattle breeds is the Watusi (also known as Ankole longhorn.) Those longhorns are obviously used as a defence tool, but strangely they also help cool their blood!

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Whitebred Shorthorn Cows

9 – Whitebred Shorthorn Cows
www.thegrocer.co.uk/channels/supermarkets/morrisons/morrisons-to-breed-cattle-rarer-than-giant-panda/233042.article

They might look like normal cows, but you are not going to see these on a plate anytime soon. These are Whitebred Shorthorns and they are one of the rarest breeds of cow in the world, in fact, they are rarer than the giant panda!

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Buffalo Cows

8 – Buffalo Cows
www.pinterest.com/pin/522558362983813729

These rather odd looking Bovid hybrids (often called “Beefalo”) are breed because they produce red meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef.

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Texas Longhorn Cows

7 – Texas Longhorn Cows
www.dickinsonlonghorn.net/clones

It’s pretty obvious how the breed got its name! Starlight here is the purest of all longhorn breeds and is used as a gene template rather than cattle usage.

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Belted Galloway Cows

6 – Belted Galloway Cows
www.flickr.com/photos/rkramer62/6132549731

These are not Double Stuffed Oreo cows that most people call them, they originating from Galloway in southern Scotland and don’t produce Oreo flavoured milk either.

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Highland Cows

5 – Highland Cows
uk.pinterest.com/theworldstop10

The cow with the longest hair goes to the common Highland cow. I have been lucky enough to see and feel one of these breeds while on holiday to Scotland, and they are not quite as soft as they look, nor as clean haired as the ones in this picture.

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Zebus Cows

4 – Zebus Cows
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031781/The-mini-moos-Tiny-breed-cows-grow-just-feet-tall.html

They might look like young calfs, but these are fully grown cows, but these are Zebus cows from Sri Lanka and they are the world’s smallest breed of cows.

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Holstein Friesian Cows

3 – Holstein Friesian Cows
www.whynotad.com/ad/all-categories/worlds-biggest-cow/8864

One of the most common breeds of cow is the Friesian and for most of us, this is the breed of cow we see the most. But this is Blossom and she is a pure pedigree Holstein Friesian cow and officially the world’s tallest cow! Imagine walking into a field of these beasts!

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Dexter Cows

2 – Dexter Cows
www.dancenthemorningdexters.com/cows/petunia

It might look like a birth defect, but these really are a breed rather than any DNA error. Said to be the smallest of the European cattle breeds they are a very rare breed that originated in Ireland.

Top 10 Strange, Rare and Unusual Breeds of Cow
Fluffy Cows

1 – Fluffy Cows
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334228/A-brand-new-breed-How-fluffy-bovine-beauties-luxuriant-coats.html

So we end with one of the cutest cows you will ever see. Raised for show displays rather than meat, they are groomed and blow-dried until they end up looking like cow shaped clouds! Do you think they produce woolly milk?!?

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