In Java Edition:
|Items usable on|
They spawn individually on grass after world generation. A cow spawns inside fowl runs and butchers' houses in villages.
5% spawn as calves.
- 0–2 Leather. The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 5 with Looting III.
- 1–3 Raw Beef (Steak if killed while on fire). The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 6 with Looting III.
- 1–3 when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
Upon successful breeding, 1–7.
Like other baby animals, killing a baby cow yields no items nor experience.
A cow wanders around, mooing and breathing occasionally.
Cows avoid going to water, hazards and walking off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage. They flee for a few seconds when harmed.
A cow follows a player who holds wheat but stops following if separated from the player by at least 6 blocks.
If cows are given wheat, they enter love mode and pair off to create calves, granting the player 1-7 experience. The parent cows have a cooldown of 5 minutes before they can breed again. Babies take 20 minutes to grow up and follow adults. The growth of baby cows can be slowly accelerated using wheat; each use takes 10% off of the remaining time to grow up.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|Cow moos||Friendly Creatures||Randomly from adult||0.4||0.8 - 1.2||16|
|Cow moos||Friendly Creatures||Randomly from baby||0.4||1.3 - 1.7||16|
|Cow dies||Friendly Creatures||When adult cow dies||0.4||0.8 - 1.2||16|
|Cow dies||Friendly Creatures||When baby cow dies||0.4||1.3 - 1.7||16|
|Cow hurts||Friendly Creatures||When adult cow takes damage||0.4||0.8 - 1.0||16|
|Cow hurts||Friendly Creatures||When baby cow takes damage||0.4||1.3 - 1.7||16|
|Cow gets milked||Players||When a player milks a cow||1.0||1.0||16|
|Footsteps||Friendly Creatures||When cow walks||0.15||1.0||16|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
Cows have entity data associated with them that contain various properties.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Gamerscore earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Cow Tipper||Harvest some leather.||Pick up leather from the ground.||15G||Bronze|
|Repopulation||Breed two cows with wheat.||Breed two cows or two mooshrooms.||15G||Bronze|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Namespaced ID|
|The Parrots and the Bats||Breed two animals together||Husbandry||—|
|Two by Two||Breed all the animals!||The Parrots and the Bats||Breed pairs of each of these 19 mobs. A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breed-able together. Other breed-able mobs, if any, can be bred, but are ignored for this advancement.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|Cows are currently black and white.|
|Cows exhibit strange sounds.|
|v1.0.9||Cows now emanate a new and realistic bovine sound.|
|v1.0.14||Added horns to cows. Cows now have a new look, brown with white spots, instead of black with white spots and have a 3D udder.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.3||The position of the cow's horns has been changed.|
|1.8||Pre-release||Cows now run away when attacked.|
|Added raw beef and steak, which are now dropped from cows.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||The cow's horns have been moved, once again.|
|The cow udder's model has been changed from to .|
|Added baby cows.|
|Cows can now be bred with wheat.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6||The texture of the cow's back has been changed from to .|
|1.2.1||12w07a||The cow AI has been updated.|
|Cows can no longer be bred with mooshrooms.|
|1.4.2||12w38a||Added new step, hurt and idle sounds for cows, replacing the old sounds|
|1.8||14w02a||Baby cow growth can now be accelerated using wheat.|
|1.9||15w39a||Cows are now slightly taller (1.4 blocks tall rather than 1.3, with babies 0.7 blocks tall rather than 0.65).|
|15w50a||Added a sound when the player milks a cow: |
|1.10||?||Cows no longer spawn in snowy tundras.|
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID for cows have been changed from |
|1.14||18w43a||The textures of the cow and baby cows have been changed.|
|1.15||19w37a||Five percent of cows now spawn as babies.|
|19w39a||The models of the baby cows have been changed.|
|1.16||pre1||Cows can now be milked in Creative mode.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.3.0||Added cows with old sounds.|
|0.6.0||Added baby cows that spawn naturally 25% of times.|
|Cows can now drop leather.|
|0.7.0||Cow spawn eggs have been added to creative.|
|0.8.0||build 2||Cows are now attracted to wheat and can now be bred.|
|The cow AI has been improved, cows now avoid falls, fire, water, cactus and lava.|
|0.12.1||build 1||The cow sounds have been updated.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Baby zombie jockeys now check for nearby cows to mount prior to attacking the player, villager or golem.|
|Cows no longer spawn in snowy tundra biomes and variants.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Baby husks can now mount cows.|
|?||The chance of baby cows spawning instead of adults has been reduced to five percent.|
|1.10.0||beta 220.127.116.11||The textures of the cow and baby cows have been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 18.104.22.168||Cows spawn in animal pens in villages.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added cows.|
|Cows do not run away when attacked.|
|TU5||Cows now run away when attacked.|
|TU7||Added baby cows.|
|Cows can now be bred with wheat.|
|TU14||1.04||Using a cow spawn egg, baby cows can now be spawned by using on an adult cow.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Baby cow growth can now be accelerated using wheat.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||The baby cow's sounds have been updated.|
|1.90||The textures of the cow and baby cows have been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|Idle||Alpha v1.0.8||Alpha v1.0.9||?|
|Hurt||Alpha v1.0.8||Alpha v1.0.9||?|
- Cows resemble Norwegian red cattle.
- Cows in the PC Gamer Minecraft Demo are branded with a 'PCG' logo on their side.
- Notch stated in a Tumblr post that all “breedable” peaceful mobs displayed traits of both genders and could breed with any other individual of their species. This applies to cows as they have horns and give milk (although, in some breeds, female cows also have horns).
- The Word of Notch - Gender in Minecraft https://notch.tumblr.com/post/28188312756/gender-in-minecraft