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  • Dahomey cattle

    Dahomey cattle

    Bos taurus f. dom.

    The Dahomey dwarf cattle is the smallest cattle breed in the world and originates from the Dahomey in West Africa, today's Benin. Dahomey cattle are purebred dwarf cattle and have not been bred small by crossing different species. Their tongue and throat are blue in color. They are very resistant to heat and cold. Dahomeys are very sure-footed and can be used for grazing on slopes. Due to their size and small weight, they cause little tread damage and can be used as an alternative to sheep in agriculture.

    Taxonomy Even-toed ungulates, ruminants, bovids, bovins, cattle
    Habitat treeless pastures
    Social structure in herds
    Diet grasses
    Weight F: 230 kg, M: 300 kg, newborns: 10 to 15 kg
    Shoulder height F: 80 to 90 cm, M: 90 to 105 cm
    Horns both sexes
    Gestation time 280 days
    Litter size 1 young
    Age at sexual maturity at about 1.5 years
    Life expectancy up to 20 years
    Commerce traditional: wedding gift, manure for fields and blood for ritual sacrifices
    At Zoo Zurich since 2020

    Distribution

    Verbreitungskarte Dahomey-Rind (keine Verbreitung, da Haustier)

    Tierstimme

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