You're sure to still find herds of Highland cattle in Scotland, but they've also been imported to other countries around the globe. That includes the United States, Canada, Australia, Finland and Denmark.
These cows have a distinctive double coat to assist with cold tolerance. The outer layer consists of oily hair, while the undercoat is soft and fluffy.
Highland cattle are famous for having amazing temperaments. You should still be careful around them; they are much bigger than you, after all. But there's no need to fear them should they approach you in a welcoming manner.
Highland cattle get a lot of the attention, but there's another adorable breed we'd like to draw your attention to: the Belted Galloway.
These cattle have a distinctive swath of white hair that encircles their bodies. That's where the 'belted' part of Belted Galloway comes from. They're also known as 'belties.'
Galloway cattle without the distinctive belt can also be observed – and their coats are just as fluffy, helping to insulate them during the winter.
Like Highland cattle, Galloway cows originated in Scotland, specifically from the Galloway region around the 17th century. Belted Galloways were later established as a separate breed in 1921.
Unlike Highland cattle, belties are a rare breed. They can be found in countries around the globe including the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, and Brazil, but the populations are small.
Galloways are known to be of a docile and quiet temperament, but it's certainly been said they can be difficult to handle. As with any large animal, one should always be mindful of their approach.