The Heavily Built Cows: The 25 World's Largest Cattles By Weight
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The Heavily Built Cows: The 25 World's Largest Cattles By Weight

As they say, size matters. Cattle raisers prefer large breeds for more meat production and milk production. Large breeds of cow are also stronger working animals. On the other hand, not all large breed are better than smaller ones. Some large breeds may not be suitable and can’t adapt to new climate. Depending on the location and characteristics, a particular breed may be better compared to other. Here are the giants in the cattle world – the “Top 16” largest cattle breeds and the “Top Nine” largest cattle species.

As they say, size matters. Cattle raisers prefer large breeds for larger meat production and milk production. Large breeds of cow are also stronger working animals. On the other hand, not all large breed are better than smaller ones. Some large breeds may not be suitable and can’t adapt to new climate. Depending on the location and characteristics, a particular breed may be better compared to other.

Here are the giants in the cattle world – the “Top 16” largest cattle breeds and the “Top Nine” largest cattle species.

Belgian Blue Cattle

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  • Other name/s: Race de la Moyenne et Haute Belgique, Belgian Blue-White, Belgian White and Blue Pied, Belgian White Blue, Blue and Blue Belgian
  • Origin: Belgium
  • Distinction: A heavily muscled cattle breed that looks more muscular when shaved.

1. Chianina – Top One Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Tuscany, Italy
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: up to 1,740 kilograms
  • Distinction: Chianina is both the tallest and heaviest cattle breed in the world making it the largest and one of the oldest cattle breed in the world.

2. South Devon – Top Two largest Cattle Breed

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  • Other name/s: Orange Elephant, The Gentle Giant
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Weight: up to 1,600 kg /2,000 kilograms – largest recorded South Devon
  • Distinction: South Devon Cattle is Great Britain’s largest native breed. Bulls can work up to age 12.

3. Gaur – Top One Largest Cattle Species

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  • Other name/s: Bos gaurus, Indian Bison
  • Origin: Southeast Asia/South Asia
  • Height: 220 cm
  • Length: 330 cm
  • Weight: 1,500 kilograms
  • Distinction: Gaur is the largest wild cattle species in the world.

4. Maine-Anjou – Top Three Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Other name/s: Rouge des Pres
  • Origin: Anjou, France
  • Weight: 1,406 kilograms
  • Distinction: It is a dual-purpose breed but primarily raised for beef production.

5. Wild Water Buffalo – Top Two Largest Cattle Species

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  • Other name/s: Bubalus arnee, Asian Buffalo, Asiatic Buffalo
  • Origin: Southeast Asia
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Length: 300 cm
  • Weight: 1,200 kilograms
  • Distinction: Wild Water Buffalo is the largest bovid in Southeast Asia

6. American Bison – Top Three Largest Cattle Species

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  • Other name/s: Bison bison, American Buffalo
  • Origin: North America
  • Height: 186 cm
  • Length: 350 cm
  • Weight: 1,270 kilogram/1,724 kilograms - largest semi-domestic bison
  • Distinction: American Bison is North America’s largest extant land animal.

7. Glan Cattle – Top Four Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Rhineland-Palatinate Region, Germany
  • Height: 145 cm
  • Weight: 1,200 kilograms
  • Distinction: It was originally bred as a multi-purpose breed.  Today, Glan Cattle mainly used for beef production.

8. German Angus – Top Five Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Germany
  • Height: 150 cm
  • Weight: 1,200 kilograms
  • Distinction: The German Angus Cattle is used for vegetation management and beef suckling.

9. Montbeliarde Cattle – Top Six Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Montbeliard, France
  • Height: 154 cm
  • Weight: up to 1,200 kg
  • Distinction: It is used mainly a dairy breed. A single cow produces 7,486 liters of milk annually.

10. Parthenais – Top Seven Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Deux-Sevres, France
  • Height: 145 cm
  • Weight: up to 1,150 kilograms
  • Distinction: This golden brown cow has a black tail.

11. Limousin Cattle – Top Eight Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Other name/s: Limousine
  • Origin: France
  • Weight: 1,100 kilograms
  • Distinction: It is highly muscled beef cattle.

12. Bazadais – Top Ten Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: France
  • Weight: 1,100 kilograms
  • Distinction: This cattle breed is used for working in Bordeaux’s grapevines.

13. Charolais Cattle – Top Eleven Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Charolais, France
  • Weight: 1,100 kilograms
  • Distinction: It is one of the earliest and most popular cattle breeds and primarily raised for its meat.

14. Brahman – Top Twelve Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Other name/s: Brahma, Bos primigenius indicus
  • Origin: India
  • Weight: up to 1,100 kilograms
  • Distinction: It is noted for its long and floppy ears,

15. Pinzgauer Cattle – Top Thirteen Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Pingzau region in Salzburg, Austria
  • Height: 147 cm
  • Weight: up to 1,100 kilograms
  • Distinction: It is a dual-purpose cattle breed.

16. Normande – Top Fourteen Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Normandy, France
  • Height: 152 cm
  • Weight: up to 1,100 kilograms
  • Distinction: It is raised for milk and meat production.

17. Vorderwald Cattle – Top Fifteen Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Other name/s: Vorderwalder Rind
  • Origin: Black Forest, Germany
  • Height: 150 cm
  • Weight: up to 1,050 kilograms
  • Distinction: This long-lived breed has strong legs and feet.

18. Belted Galloway – Top Sixteen Largest Cattle Breed

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  • Origin: Galloway, South West Scotland, UK
  • Weight: up to 1,045 kg
  • Distinction: It is primarily raised for beef production.

19. Pie Rouge des Plaines – Top Seventeen Largest Cattle Breed

  • Other name/s: Lowland Red Pied Cattle
  • Origin: Brittany, France
  • Height: 150 cm
  • Weight: up to 1000 kg
  • Distinction: It is a good dairy breed producing 6,900 kg of milk annually.

20. European Bison – Top Four Largest Species

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  • Other name/s: Bison bonasus, Wisent, European Wood Bison
  • Origin: Eurasia
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Length: 310 cm
  • Weight: 1,000 kilograms
  • Distinction: Wisent is Europe’s heaviest surviving wild land animal.

21. Gayal – Top Five Largest Cattle Species

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  • Other name/s: Bos frontalis, Mithun
  • Origin: India
  • Height: 160 cm
  • Weight: 1,000 kilograms
  • Distinction: Gayal is the Domestic Gaur. It is the traditional measure of family wealth to the Adi people.

22. African Buffalo – Top Six largest Cattle Species

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  • Other name/s: Affalo, Nyati, Mbogo, Cape Buffalo, Syncerus caffer
  • Origin: Africa
  • Height: 170 cm
  • Length: 340 cm
  • Weight: 1,000 kilograms
  • Distinction: The front legs of African Buffalo is stronger than the hind legs

23. Kouprey – Top Seven Largest Cattle Species

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  • Other name/s: Bos sauveli, Kouproh or Grey Ox
  • Origin: Cambodia/Southeast Asia
  • Height: 1.9 meters
  • Length: 2.3 meters
  • Weight: 910 kilograms
  • Distinction: One of the largest ungulates in the world.

24. Wood Bison – Top Eight Largest Cattle Species

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  • Other name/s: Bison bison athabascae, Mountain Bison, Wood Buffalo or Mountain Buffalo
  • Origin: North America
  • Weight: 900 kilograms
  • Distinction: Wood Bison is North America’s largest terrestrial animal.

25. Water Buffalo – Top Nine Largest Cattle Species

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  • Other name/s: Water Buffalo, Domestic Asian Water Buffalo, Bubalus bubalis
  • Origin: Asia
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: Domestic Water Buffalo weighs up to 900 kilograms/Wild Water Buffalo weighs up to 1,200 kg
  • Distinction: It is used as a dairy, meat and draft animal.

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Comments (3)

I love your pictures! Great writing. I am familiar with a few of these breeds.

this isn't right though because where are Scottish Highland cows? They are much bigger than most of these!
Actually, Peter Green, Highlands have a maximum weight of 800kg, according to Wikipedia, so that's why they aren't on this list.
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