Project Description

(Bos taurus)

The Scottish Highland cattle breed has lived for centuries in the rugged and remote Scottish Highlands. The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the Scottish Highland breed we know today.

Most recognized for their long, shaggy hair, Scottish Highlanders have a double coat – the outer layer is long and oily, with the inner layer being a softy, downy undercoat. They can be red, black, brown, yellow, white, and grey in color.

They are also known for being extremely protective of their young.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Scotland

Weight: 1100 - 1760 lbs

Size: Up to 4 feet in height

Lifespan: Up to 20 years old

Diet: Foraging cattle, they will eat plants that other cattle would normally avoid. They are grazers an will feed on grasses and shrub-like plants.

Conservation Status: Domesticated

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