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Cows typically range in mature height from 34-46 inches,
with a majority in the range of 36-42 inches, measured at the hip.
Bulls typically range in mature height from 36-50 inches,
with a majority in the range of 38-44 inches, measured at the hip.
The native home of the Dexter is in the Kerry region of southwestern Ireland where they were owned by small land holders. These early Dexters roamed the shelter-less, mountainous, Irish landscape in sparse living conditions, developing the hardy, thrifty characteristics that we value in the breed today.
As breeding animals, Dexters have a high fertility rate with a low rate of calving difficulties. Dexter bulls are known for their even temperament and ease of handling. Dexter cows are typically excellent mothers, displaying the type of nurturing instincts that make them highly prized in seed stock operations.