Black and white cow in mid jump on the field
A cow in mid jump

Can Cows Jump? (How High)

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  • Post last modified:25 August 2021
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It’s a crazy sight, seeing a cow jump. Cows are so big and bulky to us humans, and it just doesn’t make sense. However, do you remember the nursery song that went Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon? Well, surely that’s a good giveaway. Let’s find out if cows can jump and exactly how high they can jump. 

Cows can indeed jump, they can jump in a standing position, or they can jump whilst they run around. Some cows can jump fences, barriers, walls up to six-foot. However, on average most cows jump four to five-foot structures with ease. So making sure that they have at least a six-foot enclosure would be a good idea. 

Why would a cow jump?

Cow often jump around when they are excited. This could be down to their environment, making them happy or just. In general, the cow is feeling comfortable and happy. Cows will also be forced to jump if they feel threatened or want to join their herd. If a fence is in their way, they will jump it.

How high can a cow jump?

Some cows can jump fences, barriers, walls of up to six-foot. However, on average most cows jump four to five-foot structures with ease. 

Conclusion

So there you have it, cows do definitely jump. Cows jump when happy, threaten or an advantage to get them to somewhere else.

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Teresa Milne

Teresa is learning zoology and loves to share her knowledge through her articles. She has some pets that she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster. Teresa has also studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition.