Adorable Highland Cattle Calves Are the World’s Cuddliest Little Cows

You wouldn’t normally describe a cow as warm and fuzzy, but there's one breed that defies stereotypes with its distinctively long, textured hair. Known as Highland cattle, these cuddly-looking creatures don wild coifs—the longest of any breed— that cover their hooves and faces in adorable fluff like a dog.

Highland cattle are originally from the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. Because of their fur, they are well suited for locales that have strong winds, rainfall, and generally cooler weather. Their coats are equipped with a double set of fur; outside is the oily layer that allows rain to slide off, and the inner layer covers the body with a downy undercoat. This, along with their horns, makes it possible for them to forage for their food—even when there's snow on the ground. The horns are like a shovel that helps them dig for buried plants.

Let’s face it—many species of animals are cuter as babies, and a Highland cattle calf is no exception. With their small snouts, tongues, and stature, it’s impossible not to smile when you see their adorable antics. See them in all their adorable glory, below.

You wouldn't normally describe a cow as cute and cuddly, but the Highland cattle calf is an adorable exception!

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Scroll down to see 20+ adorable portraits of the unique breed.

Adorable Highland Cattle Calf

Photo: Waffleboss

Adorable Highland Cattle Calf

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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