Black Angus: 21 Facts You Won't Believe!

Black Angus Fact File

Angus cattle, or the Aberdeen Angus, is a Scottish breed of beef cattle. This cow is native to the agriculture regions of Aberdeenshire and north-eastern Scotland, developed in the early part of the 19th century. Under these animals, you can find either red Angus or black Angus.

The black Angus is a polled or naturally hornless breed of Angus breed cattle which is solid black in color. This Angus breed cattle is one of the most popular type of beef cattle and is widely bred across the world for Angus beef meat.

They are bred in cattle farms and found in the regions of Europe, Australia, North America, South America, and Africa. They are herbivores and eat food such as hay, grain, and grass. These cattle have four chambered stomachs and they chew very little while eating, so as to chew the cud.

Black Angus cattle are known to have high tolerance for cold temperatures. These are domestic creatures raised for the purpose of human use. 98% of the bodies of black Angus can be utilized in various forms either for meat, leather, or other products.

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Black Angus

Fact File

What do they prey on?

Hay, grass, pasture, and grains

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

Males: 1870 lb (848.2 kg) Females: 1210 lb (548.8 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

53.1 in (135 cm)

What do they look like?


Skin Type


What are their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Cattle farms and pastures


Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America





Scientific Name

Bos (primigenius) taurus





Black Angus Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a black Angus?

Black Angus cattle or Aberdeen Angus are a polled breed of beef cattle from the agriculture region of Aberdeen, Scotland. They are a type of cattle bred for human use. Another variant of the Angus is red Angus cattle.

What class of animal does a black Angus belong to?

Black Angus are a type of cattle. They are from kingdom Animalia and class Mammalia just like water buffalos.

How many black Anguses are there in the world?

Black Angus is a type of beef cattle bred widely across the world for human consumption just like red Angus for meat. Therefore, they are very common in the world.

Where does a black Angus live?

Black Angus live on cattle farms, managed properties, and other man made pastures. These are beef cattle bred and raised for human use like Angus beef meat and leather.

What is a black Angus's habitat?

Black Angus are a polled breed of beef cattle with origins in the regions of Aberdeenshire and Angus in Scotland. They are not wild, but bred for meat across the world in regions like U.S.A, Africa, and Australia.

Who do black Anguses live with?

Black Angus cattle are bred on cattle farms in herds. They typically live in sheds on farms and graze for food in a herd.

How long does a black Angus live?

Black Angus bulls and black Angus cows can have a lifespan up to 15 years. They are often butchered for meat around the age of five or six years.

How do they reproduce?

Black Angus bulls breed with several black Angus cows in the herd. Black Angus cows have a nine month period of gestation and once this is complete, the cow gives birth to one calf. Twin calves in this species of animals is relatively rare. Once the calf is born, it can stand and walk without problems. Around six months after the birth, the calf is fully independent and the calf reaches reproductive maturity at the age of one year.

Black Angus cattle are a popular choice for breeding, as well as cross breeding. This is because they have a dominant gene that ensures calves are born naturally polled. Females are also generally fertile and give birth without any complications. They also produce a lot of milk.

What is their conservation status?

Black Angus cattle is widely bred across several regions in the world along with the red Angus cattle. Its primary use is for Angus beef. Due to this they have a conservation status of Least Concern, and they are not under any threat.

Black Angus Fun Facts

What do black Anguses look like?

Black Angus are large cattle animals with a solid black colored hide. They are muscular and naturally polled, which means they do not have horns. They are relatively short but have a huge mass. Males are an average of 1874 lb (850 kg) while females are an average of 1212.5 lb (550 kg) in weight.

Black Angus is a very popular breed because of its tasty meat.

How cute are they?

Black Angus cattle look like other breeds of domestic bulls and cows. Not everyone would call this breed cute, but they have a gentle appearance and temperament.  

How do they communicate?

Cattle species are known to vocalize amongst each other. The making of sounds is a form of communication between themselves.

How big is a black Angus?

Black Angus animals are large in mass but short by stature. Males are an average of 1874 lb (850 kg) while females are an average of 1212.5 lb (550 kg) in weight. Their weight is comparable to dairy cows.

How fast can a black Angus run?

Black Angus cattle are very heavy so while they can run, they are not very fast due to their mass.

How much does a black Angus weigh?

Males are an average of 1874 lb (850 kg) while females are an average of 1212.5 lb (550 kg) in weight.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Males are called black Angus bulls, and females are called black Angus cows.

What would you call a baby black Angus?

Similar to some other cattle animals, a baby black Angus is a calf.

What do they eat?

Black Angus cattle breeds are herbivores. Their food is limited to grass, hay, and grains.

Are they dangerous?

The black Angus cattle species is naturally polled which does not make them dangerous. They are also generally gentle, good natured, and calm.

Would they make a good pet?

Black Angus breeds are a type of beef cattle reared for the specific purpose of human consumption of meat. They are not meant to be kept as pets, but because of their gentle nature, they can make good pets just like the Texas longhorn.

Did you know...

Some black Angus cattle facts are that the solid black pigmentation of the hide of the black Angus helps protect the breed against eye cancer and sun or snow burned udders.

Some other interesting black Angus cow facts are in the Aberdeenshire region in Scotland, this breed is locally called doddies or hummlies.

What are black Anguses known for?

Black Angus breeds are mainly known for the superior quality of beef. It is special because of its unique marbled appearance, and rich flavor and texture. They are also used for their hides to make leather. About 98% of the body of this breed can be utilized for different products.

How do you keep black Angus cattle?

Black Angus cattle breeds are a popular breed of animals for agriculture and rearing. This is because they are naturally polled, provide a superior quality of beef, and also produce large quantities of milk.

In the U.S, black Angus cattle cost anywhere between $800-$3000 USD, depending on the age and type of black Angus you want to purchase. They cost different amounts based on whether they are cows, bulls, cows with calves, heifers, or of show quality.

If you want to keep these animals, make sure you are prepared with housing, maintenance, medical, and general upkeep required for this species.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these zonkey facts and Przewalski's horse facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Black Angus coloring pages.



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