5 Fluffy Cow Breeds with Pictures

It’s natural to get attracted to fluffy animals and it’s even more rewarding to bring one home. We have previously discussed the fluffiest rabbits and a few other animals, with this post we have decided to surprise you with the fluffiest cattle breed.

Yes! Fluffy cattle breeds do exist. Let’s check out;

Fluffy Cow Breeds

  • Highland Cattle
  • Belted Galloway
  • Galloway Cattle
  • Chillingham Cattle
  • South Devon Cattle

1. Highland Cattle

Highland-Cattle

If you ever ask someone about the fluffiest cow breed in the world, I bet you would get “highland cattle” as an answer. The highland cattle are known for their dense coat that gives them a dramatic appearance. This world’s fluffiest cattle originate from the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides Islands of Scotland and consdiered as one of the best scottish cattle breed.

Appearance

Other than the prominent long shaggy light red, dun, cream, brindle, red, white, or black coat, this hardy Scottish cow breed has been blessed with remarkable longhorns, black nose, and ear.

Under the dramatic long shaggy coat, this medium-sized cow looks as ordinary as any other cow breed, it’s just the coat that is hiding well.

Distribution

Because of the highland cattle’s nutritional low cholesterol meat and super dramatic appearance, it is demanded in almost all parts of the world.

A huge number of highland cattle are surviving and serving the natives of Scotland and the United States.

Other than these two countries, highland cattle are also residing in Australia, Canada, Finland, and Denmark.

In the rest of the world, these cute shaggy creatures can also be seen but they would not be that common.

Common names

This exceptional cattle because of its supernatural appearance is admired with several names.

In the country of origin, it is known as long-haired highland cattle, long-haired Scottish cattle, north highland cattle, Scottish cattle, and west highland cattle.

Distinguishing feature

As mentioned above, these medium-sized highland cattle are quite regular under the long shaggy coat.

So, it’s just the coat that has become the highland cattle’s mark of identification. If we still try to find another prominent feature, it would be the black nose.

Use

Though highland cattle have been blessed with excellent milking ability, it still is preferred for meat.

As per the recent study, the meat obtained from Highland cattle is lower in cholesterol than all other kinds of beef. This recent discovery has skyrocketed its demand for meat and as a farm animal.

Male Weight600 to 800 kilograms
Female Weight400 to 500 kilograms
Male Height3.5 to 4 ft
Female Height 3 to 3.5 ft

2. Belted Galloway

Belted Galloway

Belted Galloway is just another traditional Scottish cattle that gets admired for its fluffy unique appearance.

This supernatural breed is often spotted in black and white cow colors.

As the name suggests, the Galloway cattle originate from the Galloway region of Southwestern Galloway.

This Scottish cattle got named “Belted Galloway ” because it originates from the Galloway region and has a prominent white belt right in the middle of the body.

The exact cause of the appearance of the belt is not known. Experts think of it as a result of cross-breeding.

Appearance

The belted galloway is just as unique as the highland cattle.

Because of its unique appearance, the Belted Galloway is taken as the most distinctive cattle breed.

The Belted Galloway cattle can have black, red, or dun colors except for the middle part that is called the belt.

The white belt in the middle encircles the body, making the Belties appear unique.

Like the fellow Highland Cattle, this is another medium-sized Scottish breed that has been blessed with a rainproof shaggy hair coat.

Distribution

Belties are just as admired and demanded as all Scottish cattle breeds. Most of the population is, no doubt, found in the country of origin, Scotland.

Other than the country of origin, the Belted Galloway cattle are fairly distributed in the rest of the world.

Common names

This Scottish breed is called by several unique and funny names. Besides Belted Galloway most livestock farmers recognize this breed as oreo cow, panda cow, pig cow, white middle Galloway, beltie, and sheeted Galloway.

Distinguishing feature

Though this Scottish cattle breed is unique in all senses it would be hard to list them all.

The appearance of a prominent white belt, being naturally polled, long outer hairy and soft inner coat does not make it stand out from the crowd.

Use

Belted Galloway is a forgiving cattle breed that can be raised for milk, highly nutritional meat, and vegetation management.

The advanced livestock farmers across the globe prefer raising this breed mainly for highly nutritional beef and vegetation management.

Male Weight750 to 1000 kilograms
Female Weight450 to 600 kilograms
Male Weight3 to 3.9 ft
Female Weight4 to 4.5 ft

3. Galloway Cattle

Galloway Cattle

It’s surprising but true that most of the fluffiest cow breeds originate from Scotland. As you can see all the fluffiest cattle breeds listed till now originate from Scotland.

Cows can rarely be fluffy, there are quite a few breeds that can truly be called fluffy. As per the records, the Galloway cattle originated during the 17th century.

The books of history record this exceptional Galloway cattle breed as the “world’s longest established cattle breed originating from Scotland”.

Like Belted Galloway Cattle, the Galloway cattle also belong to the Galloway region(an ancient region located in the south-west of Scotland)and it is one of the major reasons why this cattle breed is called “Galloway cattle”.

Appearance

The Galloway cattle and the Belted Galloway cattle pretty much appear the same, it’s just the appearance of white belt that distinguishes the Belted Galloway cattle from Galloway cattle.

Galloway cattle appear in black, it’s “actually” not that black but has some brownish tinge.

The color is not that black, some countries recognize it as “black” and some take it “red” or “dun”. Moreover, this cattle breed is naturally polled, has a long tail and thick hairy coat.

Distribution

Until the start of the 18th century, Galloway cattle were confined to Scotland, Australia, and the United States of America.

As time moved ahead, this fluffy Scottish breed started being recognized in the rest of the world as well.

How this cattle breed made its way to the rest of the world is a part of history, as it is now distributed worldwide.

Common names

Unfortunately, the Galloway cattle are not that adored to have cute names. They are known as the Galloway cattle not only in the country of their origin but the rest of the world as well.

Distinguishing feature

The Galloway cattle have no prominent markings or patches, the rainproof double-layered wavy outer coat, and soft inner coat.

If we look more keenly, a bone knob at the top of its skill distinguishes it from the horned cattle breeds.

Use

Galloway cattle are normally demanded and raised for meat. Their meat is admired for its tenderness, unmatchable marbling, low saturated fat content, and flavorful taste.

Male Weight750 to 1000 kilograms
Female Weight450 to 600 kilograms
Male Height4 to 4.5 ft
Female Height3 to 3.9 ft

4. Chillingham Cattle

Chillingham-Cattle

Chillingham is a wild but fluffy cattle breed that originates from Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, England.

Despite the severe inbreeding depression, the herd of Chillingham cattle has always remained confined to the Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, England.

The majority of the population is living in the place of it’s origin; only about 20 Chillingham cattle are spotted in Crown Estate land near Fochabers, North East Scotland. Though this is a wild cattle breed, the records and information found are unsatisfactory.

Appearance

This fluffy cattle breed resembles White Park Cattle a lot, for their breathtaking similarities the Chillingham and White Park Cattle often get compared.

The Chillingham cattle have been rewarded with a small compact body, upright horns, and slightly colored ears, eyes, feet, and nose.

Distribution

The Chillingham is a purely wild breed that can neither be domesticated nor be tamed at all. Due to severe inbreeding depression, Chillingham is not that great in number.

Almost 3/4th of the total population is battling for life in Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, England. Only 20 Chillingham cattle are found grazing around in the Crown Estate land near Fochabers, North East Scotland.

So, it would not be wrong to say that the Chillingham cattle are only distributed to the Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, England, and Crown Estate land near Fochabers, North East Scotland.

Common names

As mentioned above, Chillingham is a fluffy wild cattle breed that a lot of our readers have no idea if any such fluffy wild breed exists or not. So, it is either known as Chillingham cattle or a Chillingham wild cattle.

Distinguishing feature

Chillingham is known and admired for its small compact body, upright horns, and slightly colored ears, eyes, feet, and nose.

Use

The wild animals can neither be kept nor be tamed, so Chillingham cattle can neither be kept for meat nor milk.

Male Weight280 to 300 kilograms
Female Weight250 to 280 kilograms
Male Height4 to 5 ft
Female Height3 to 4 ft

5. South Devon Cattle

South-Devon-Cattle

South Devon is another fluffy cattle breed that has been ruling our hearts for ages. South Devon is not just fluffy it is also considered the largest British native breed. Besides being fluffy and largest, it is also one of the oldest breeds that evolved in 1800.

It got the name “South Devon” because the said fluffy cattle breed originates from the area of Devon, southwest England. As per the books of history, this British breed is believed to have evolved from the large red cattle of Normandy.

Appearance

South Devon is muscular, large-framed, and has prominently thick, loose, mellow skin. The South Devon’s coat is thick and can have a rich or medium red color with copper tints. It appears as a brown cow breed.

Other than all the above-mentioned distinctive features, South Devons are can be horned or polled.

Distribution

South Devon is an extremely hardy breed. The cattle belonging to this breed can readily adapt the harsh living and weather conditions.

Due to their hardy nature, the livestock farmers from all parts of the world started demanding South Devon for their well-marbled meat and exceptional milking.

Common names

This fluffy cattle breed is being recorded and called South Devon Cattle since the beginning of their era. It’s unfair this widely distributed cattle breed does deserve to be regarded with different names.

Distinguishing feature

The South Devon, a Britsh cattle breed, has a lot to distinguish it from the rest of the fluffy and regular cattle breeds. For the record, the large-framed muscular body, thick rich or medium red coat, and being horned or polled make this fluffy British cattle breed stand out from the crowd.

Use

South Devon is a dual-purpose cattle, it is demanded meat and milk. Until the early twentieth century, South Devon was regarded as excellent milk and meat producer. As time has changed so do our requirements, South Devons are now taken as a beef breed.

Whether it’s a dual-purpose or a beef breed in your eyes, the milk obtained from South Devon is highly nutritional and the meat is not just flavorful but finely grained and well-marbled as well.

Male Weight1200 to 1600 kilograms
Female Weight1000 to 1400 kilograms
Male Height5.2 to 5.7 ft
Female Height4.5 to 5.2 ft

  • Araceli Diamond is a Livestock expert and animal breeder. She has her own local farms for breeding and livestock nourishment. She is a research writer and answers the questions of readers.

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