(This section is a brief compilation of information gathered from publications, internet resources, and personal experience)
The miniature zebu is a relatively rare, unique animal here in the U.S. The breed itself originated in India, with records dating back as far as 3000 B.C. Their first recorded presence in the United States occurred in the 1920′s when a few animals were imported for display in zoological gardens.
Miniature zebu are thought to be the only TRUE miniature breed of cattle in existence that were NOT created by man. The breed has naturally evolved over thousands of years to become the animal you see today. Although there have recently become several new varieties of miniature cattle, most have been the result of genetic experimentation and many have achieved their small size by being bred to the miniature zebu. Unlike these cross breeds, miniature zebu are NOT a “miniature” version of another full size species. God made them naturally just the way they are, and you will notice that unlike their man-made cousins, their appearance is very proportional, with their legs, heads, and bodies all looking like they belong together.
Pure miniature zebu are fairly rare in North America, with most remaining in their country of origin, India, where cattle are considered sacred. Reports indicate there to be only a couple thousand registered pure miniature zebu existing in the United States. Miniature zebu are generally a tropical breed, thriving in hot, humid climates, although many animals are owned on farms up north. They are exceptionally resistant to disease and are known to be very easy to care for. Miniature zebu range from 26″ to 42″ in height, with most averaging 36″ to 38″, and they generally weigh between 200 and 500 pounds, depending on the size of the animal. Life spans of miniature zebu are often 20+ years.