Species: Bos taurus
Color/Pattern: red pied
Height: 4 feet 10 inches*
Weight: 1,400 pounds*
Region of Origin: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
This Frenchie is the second-most-common dairy cow in its native land, and its fat- and protein-rich milk is used in more French PDO cheeses than any other breed—it’s one of the few types permitted when making Alpine staples such as Comté, Reblochon, Morbier, and Mont d’Or, and it’s also commonly used to craft Époisses and Langres. They’re popular abroad, too, especially in Ireland and here in the United States.Perhaps that’s due to the breed’s adaptability; a sturdy physique makes the cows resilient in a range of climes, from sunny French Alps to humid Mexican highlands to brisk British meadows.
* Height and weight are averages
Illustration by Rose Bisanz