Cow Facts

Cows are one of the most popular domesticated animals in many countries around the world. They bring a number of benefits to those that have them, but the surprising thing is that they are a lot more sophisticated than most people give them credit for.

Interesting facts about cows:

They are a lot like people in that they are very social. They will automatically gather into a herd and will form bonds with some of the cows, while avoiding others.

  • Cows are colorblind to the red and green colors. People sometimes think that it is the red color of the cape that catches the eye of the bull in a bullfight, but it’s actually just the waving of the material.
  • Cows have the ability to hear both higher and lower frequencies better than human beings.
  • The average dairy cow weighs about 1,200 lbs.



A cow’s body temperature is 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit and their hearts beat at sixty to seventy beats per minute.

  • You often see a cow chewing. They actually chew at least fifty times a minute and has 40,000 movements of their jaw per day.
  • Most of the time we see a cow standing, but they actually sit down and stand up around fourteen times each day.
  • When you see a cow grazing, they are not biting the grass but instead curling their tongues around it.



They have panoramic vision. That means they can almost see 360 degrees all the way around.

  • They have just one stomach but it is divided into four different compartments for digestion.
  • The length of time for a cow to be pregnant is the same as humans: nine months.
  • Cows produce a lot of saliva. The make so much saliva that it totals to around 125 pounds per day.
  • A typical day for a cow is: 8 hrs. eating, 8 hrs. chewing their cud and 8 hrs. sleeping.



When a cow ‘chews their cud’ they are actually regurgitating food that was partially digested in their stomach. The weird part is that cows don’t have the ability to actually throw up or vomit.

A cow doesn’t have the ‘knee structure’ design that can allow them to walk downstairs, but they can walk upstairs.