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A Greek Shorthorn cow.This is a rare breed is reared under extensive husbandry condition in mountain areas of the northwest regions of Greece. A meat animal also used for draft purposes, the Greek Shorthorn is of the Iberian type.


They are usually small size animals (height 0.97 – 1.14 m). The head is small with short and thin horns. The colour of the body is variant from Brown, bay, chestnut, grey and grey-black, similar to the Albanian and Busa.. The colour of the nostril, the mucous of the mouth and the hoofs is usually black. The body weight of bulls is around 300 kg and that of cows around 200 kg.




Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.


Dr Georgios Arsenos, Lecturer in Animal Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 393, 54-124 Thessaloniki, Greece

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