When you think of cuddly, friendly, playful animals, cows probably aren’t the first example that jumps into your mind. When we think of cows, we usually imagine rather tame and timid creatures, standing around in fields, munching on grass, and not really doing a whole lot else.
But you might be surprised to learn just how sweet and adorable cows can be. Just like pet dogs, cows can enjoy cuddles, walks, play-time, and much more besides, and this goes for both calves and full-grown cows too. Just take a look through these photos for proof!
This funny-looking Highland cow is using one of its horns to scratch a particularly frustrating itch on the side of its body.
Many people would never imagine that such a special and loving bond could form between a cow and a person.
These two best friends are taking a nap together, and the cow always seems to sleep more peacefully when her friend is around.
These happy cows are having so much fun rolling the big bale of hay around the field! They’re not even all that interested in eating it, they just love to play.
Cows and dogs have way more in common than you might think. They’re playful, loving, loyal, friendly, and love to have fun with humans too.
Just like a dog, this cow rolls onto its back and asks for some tummy rubs whenever it sees its owner in the area.
With its black and white coat, this dog looks quite a lot like a baby cow, and it looks like the adults are treating it like one of their own.
Cows can be friends to many other species too! Just look at this adorable photo of a fluffy cow taking a nap beside a friendly little hedgehog.
Many farmers develop close bonds with their cows. This young farmhand has a special friendship with his favorite cow and the pair often take naps together.
What a beautiful smile! And the girl looks very happy too.
Did you know that you can tie a leash around a cow and take them for a walk? Many of them really enjoy this, especially the little ones.
This cow was super happy to see her owner and wanted to greet him with some extra special and extra wet kisses.
This funny cow is having the time of her life playing around with a ball while her friend watches on from the sidelines.
This big-eyed, beautiful cow seems more than a little surprised to be having her photo taken!
This fluffy little calf seems so excited to see the snow. She just can’t get enough of it.
We don’t recommend walking up to random cows in fields and trying to hug them, but if you work on a farm and see your cows every day, you can develop really lovely friendships with them. For this woman, cows are part of the family.
Here’s another absolutely adorable photo of a boy and his calf taking a little mid-day nap together. They look so peaceful.
This clever cow found the very best way to scratch her itches. She looks so satisfied!
This cow could spend all day long rolling his bale of hay across the snowy landscape and still not get bored!
Everything is new and exciting for this cute little calf, sticking out her tongue at the first camera she ever saw.
This adorable calf is licking its lips as it gazes into the camera lens. Maybe there’s some hay on the other side.
When we think of loyal and loving animals, we think of dogs, but photos like this one show that cows can be just as compassionate and caring as their canine counterparts.
Most cows spend a lot of their time standing around in fields or nestled down in muddy barns, but this one found a super cozy and comfortable blanket and made it her own.
We’re not exactly sure why this cow has chosen to sit just like a dog or a person, but it seems pretty happy, and that’s all that matters.
This fluffy calf has had a really long day and just can’t walk another step.
What a sweet picture! It’s so nice how the cow bends its head around to rest against the little girl like that.
If ever this group of cows decide to start a band, this photo would be the perfect album cover!
These cows have been cooped up inside overnight but are so happy to finally be let loose on the fields.
This inspiring image, showing a Highland cow snuggling up close to her calf, really makes us think about the feelings and lives of animals.
These three friends might all be from different species, but they share a special bond.
This lovely little girl just wants to spend all day long petting her calf.
These cows are having a blast chasing an RC car around the field.
Cows come in all shapes, sizes, and colors too! This snowy cow is a real looker with its pure white coat and black ears.
This photo is simply beautiful. There’s no other word for it. It’s so sweet to see all that love and friendship between these girls and their cow.
Yes, that’s Howie Mandel from Deal or No Deal! A guy was taking his cow for a walk when he bumped into the TV star, who simply had to pose for a picture.
Just like a little kid, this cute calf is savoring the taste of snow and trying to catch a few flakes on her tongue.
It must be pretty comfortable to use a cow as a pillow since so many people seem to be doing it.
These cows are enjoying a happy day out in beautiful, natural surroundings.
This funny-looking Highland cow saw the camera getting ready and decided to strike a pose for a very memorable photo.
This funny cow really thinks it’s a dog and its owners seem to treat it that way too! It has its own collar and loves to get cozy on the couch.
This photo just goes to show how kind and loving cows can be. If you take the time to know them, understand them, and show them kindness, they’ll be good to you in return.