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Cow Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates)

Welcome to the delightful world of cow coloring pages, where creativity meets with bovine beauty! These captivating coloring sheets offer an exciting and educational journey into the realm of cows. Whether you’re a child, an adult seeking relaxation, or an aspiring artist, these free cow printables provide a canvas for your imagination to run wild. Just pick whichever design you like, save the downloadable free PDF template, print it out, and get coloring to your little hearts content, or you could even use them as an embroidery pattern or inspiration for fine line tattoos.

cow coloring pages
Cow coloring pages (free printable PDF templates).

Learn about cows as you color

If you’re new to my coloring pages, you should know that I like to give you the option of learning about the subject so that you can easily turn it into an educational lesson while you are at it…so here we go!

Here are some, simplified, fun and interesting facts about cows (& here is the link to my source):

  • Cows belong to the genus Bos: Cows are domesticated herbivorous animals that belong to the genus Bos, which also includes other bovine species like bison, yaks, and water buffalo.
  • Cattle have been domesticated for thousands of years: The domestication of cattle dates back to around 10,000 years ago, making them one of the earliest domesticated animals.
  • Cows have a specialized digestive system: Cows have a unique digestive system with a four-chambered stomach. This allows them to efficiently break down and digest plant material, including tough cellulose.
  • There are numerous cattle breeds: There is a wide variety of cattle breeds around the world, each with its own distinct characteristics, including size, coloration, and purpose (such as dairy or beef production).
  • Cows have a large field of vision: Cattle have a panoramic field of vision, which allows them to see almost 360 degrees without having to turn their heads.
  • They communicate using various sounds: Cows use a range of vocalizations to communicate with each other, including moos, grunts, and bellows. These sounds serve different purposes, such as indicating distress, seeking attention, or locating their calves.
  • Cows have an acute sense of smell: Cattle have a highly developed sense of smell and can detect scents from long distances. They use their sense of smell to locate food, identify herd members, and recognize their surroundings.
  • They have a strong maternal instinct: Cows are known for their strong maternal instincts. They form close bonds with their calves, and mother cows are highly protective, often fiercely defending their young from potential threats.
  • Cattle can live for many years: The lifespan of a cow varies depending on factors such as breed and environment. On average, cows can live for around 15 to 25 years, although some may live longer.
  • Cows have a complex social structure: Cattle live in hierarchical social structures within their herds, with dominant individuals establishing leadership. They form social bonds and develop relationships within their groups.
  • Cows are ruminants: Being ruminants, cows chew their food partially and then regurgitate it to chew it again. This process, called rumination, allows them to break down and extract nutrients from plant material more effectively.
  • Cows are vital for food production: Cattle play a crucial role in providing various food products, including meat, milk, and dairy products, which are essential components of many diets worldwide.

These fun and interesting facts offer a glimpse into the fascinating world of cows and their significance in human history and agriculture.

Here are a few other reputable sources on information about cows if you would like to do some more learning while you are at it:

If you would like to see my index of free printable coloring pages, go here! All of my animals coloring pages are found here. Or, my other mammals coloring pages can be found here.

How to use my free coloring pages & supplies needed list:

*Keep in mind that while these coloring sheets are free, they are for personal use only. Any additional use will need written permission, from me, obtained via email. Thanks.*

**The example images for this little printing tutorial are from my free spring flowers coloring pages, you can get those here if you so desire.**

How to get best results with your printable cow print

How to get best results with your printable cow print

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate

Unleash your creativity with cow colouring pages! Explore the world of cows through artistic expression as you bring these gentle creatures to life with vibrant colors. Engaging and educational, cows coloring pages offer hours of imaginative fun for children and adults alike. Get ready to embark on a colorful adventure and let your imagination run wild on the canvas of these delightful bovine-themed coloring pages. Here are some of my best tips to get your printable to look as good as possible.


  • Standard 8.5"x11" Printing Paper (or quality cardstock)
  • Black Ink/Toner


  • Computer/ Phone/ Or Tablet To Download To
  • Printer
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Eraser (optional)


  1. how to use Step 1 Scroll through the available coloring sheet options and determine which picture/pictures you would like to color (the example photo, with the websites watermark, shows you what the whole PDF will look like).
  2. Scroll just below the desired example photo, to the PDF version (the PDF version does not have the websites watermark on it), and either select "print" in the top right hand corner, or you can select "download" (also in the top right hand corner).
  3. how to use Step 3 A (2) how to use Step 3 B (1) how to use Step 3 C (1)As you go to print it, select the highest quailty option, or the highest DPI setting (DPI refers to the number of printed dots that are within one inch of the image being printed...basically the higher the number, the better the quality of the print). Now select "print".
  4. how to use Step 4After printing out your coloring pictures, allow the ink to set (dry out) for several minutes. This step will help prevent any smudging.
  5. how to use Step 5Now wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. Find a clean, nice flat/hard surface to lay the paper on, and color your prints in whatever way you fancy. Then enjoy them for years to come.


Ideas on what to do with these pictures:

You could print the coloring pages out and bind them and, paired with some nice colored pencils or an art set, it could be a fun little gift for any coloring enthusiast's special day.

You could also buy some simple frames, have these pictures printed out on a quality card stock at a local printing company, color them as beautifully as you can, and they could easily be added to your home decor.

These free coloring pictures can also be used as embroidery patterns using transfer sheets.

They could be used as a pattern for a fine-line tattoo.

Then of course, you can just plain print them out and color them as many times as you want to too.

*Please note that this website uses an image optimizer on the example photo's (which makes them load faster but also reduces quality), which is why you will get the best result by making sure you are downloading and using the PDF file directly. The example photo is just there so that you get an idea of what the entire picture looks like as it is hard to scroll through a PDF, on some devices, and see the whole thing within one screenshot.*

**Print quality instructions are for when using a desktop computer and an HP printer, it should be fairly similar should you use a different device**.

***Please make sure to select "fit to page" option when printing so that you ensure that entire image makes it on your printed page.

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Tips for coloring cows

Here are some tips to help you create a vibrant and engaging coloring sheet of a cow:

  • Observe reference images: Look at real cows, photographs, or illustrations to understand the cow’s anatomy, features, and color patterns. This observation will provide you with a better understanding of how to color your cow accurately.
  • Start with light colors: Begin coloring with lighter shades, especially for the base coat. Light colors allow you to layer darker shades later, creating depth and dimension in your artwork.
  • Layer colors for texture: Cows have various textures on their coats, such as smooth areas and patches of spots or speckles. Use different shades and hues to layer colors, adding texture and visual interest to your cow coloring page.
  • Consider the breed: If you are coloring a specific breed, research the typical coloration of that breed. Different breeds have distinct color patterns and variations, so try to replicate those characteristics for a more accurate representation.
  • Experiment with shading and highlighting: Shading and highlighting techniques can enhance the three-dimensional effect of your coloring. Add shadows in areas where light wouldn’t reach, and highlight certain areas to create contrast and depth.
  • Play with color combinations: While black and white is often thought of as the most common cow coloration, don’t be afraid to experiment with different color combinations. Try using varying shades of browns, grays, or even vibrant colors to create unique and imaginative cow designs.
  • Use colored pencils or markers: Colored pencils allow for more control and blending, while markers offer vibrant and solid colors. Experiment with different mediums to find the one that suits your coloring style and preferences.
  • Add background elements: Consider incorporating a background into your cow coloring page to enhance the overall composition. It could be a farm setting, a meadow, or even a whimsical scene. The background adds context and visual appeal to your artwork.

Remember, coloring cow pictures to color is a creative process, so don’t be afraid to experiment, try new techniques, and have fun with your cow print printable. Let your imagination guide you, and enjoy the journey of bringing these gentle creatures to life with your colors!

Cow Color Sheet Options For Printing

C is for cow writing worksheets

*My C is for Cow coloring sheet printables are specifically designed to be used in a classroom setting, they are the only printable options on this page that do not need written permission to use in a public setting, but please send the link to this post along if anyone asks you where you got them. Thank you!

C is for cow coloring page worksheet example
C is for cow coloring page worksheet example
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C is for cow color worksheet example

Cow Face

Cow face coloring sheet example
Cow face coloring sheet example
Cow face coloring page example
Cow face coloring page example

Cartoon Cows

Cartoon cows coloring page example
Cartoon cows coloring page example
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Coloring pages cows example
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Coloring page cow being abducted by aliens example

Baby Cows

Baby Cow coloring pictures example
Baby Cow coloring pictures example
Cow face coloring page example (1)
Cow face coloring page example
Baby cow coloring pages example
Baby cow coloring pages example
Baby cows coloring page example
Baby cows coloring page example

Cow Coloring Pictures FAQ’s

What color is cow skin?

The color of cow skin can vary depending on the breed and individual characteristics. The most common color of cow skin is usually shades of white, with patches or spots of other colors.

For example, Holstein cows have predominantly white skin with black patches or spots, while Jersey cows have light brown or fawn-colored skin.

Additionally, some cows may have solid-colored skin, such as solid black in Angus cows or reddish-brown in Guernsey cows.

It’s important to note that the color of cow skin often corresponds to the color of their coat or fur.

What color are dairy cows?

Dairy cows come in various colors, but the most common color pattern among dairy breeds is black and white, often referred to as the Holstein pattern.

Holsteins are known for their striking contrast of large black patches on a predominantly white coat. These patches can vary in shape, size, and distribution across the body. The black patches typically cover the head, neck, and body, with variations ranging from solid black spots to irregular shapes.

The white areas on a Holstein’s coat are typically a bright, clean white color, creating a distinct contrast against the black patches. The white can extend from the forehead down the face, often including the muzzle and jawline. It continues along the neck, chest, belly, and limbs, giving Holsteins their characteristic appearance.

It’s important to note that not all dairy cows are black and white. Other color patterns and breeds exist within the dairy industry. For example, Jersey cows are often a shade of fawn or light brown, sometimes with a white face or patches. Guernsey cows have a reddish-brown coat with white patches, and Brown Swiss cows have a solid brown or gray coloration. These breeds, along with others, contribute to the diversity of colors seen in dairy cows.

While black and white Holsteins may be the most visually recognizable due to their prevalence in many countries, it’s crucial to appreciate the variety of colors and patterns found within the dairy cow population. Each breed’s unique coat color adds to the charm and beauty of these remarkable animals, reflecting the rich history and traditions of dairy farming worldwide.

What is the most common cow color?

The most common cow color is black and white, which is known as the Holstein pattern. Holstein cows are the most prevalent breed worldwide and are known for their distinctive black and white spots.
This coloration is a result of genetic factors and has become synonymous with cows in many people’s minds.

However, it’s important to note that there are several other cow colors and patterns as well, including solid black, solid brown, red and white, and more. Each breed of cow has its own unique color variations, making the bovine world a visually diverse and fascinating one.

The most common cow color can vary depending on the region and specific breed of cattle. While black and white Holsteins are widely recognized and prevalent in many countries, it is essential to consider other popular breeds such as Angus (solid black), Hereford (red with white face and belly), and Simmental (brown and white). These breeds, among others, contribute to the diversity of cow colors worldwide.

*I will add more cow color questions and answers as the questions get sent to me.

In conclusion, cow coloring pages offer a wonderful opportunity for children and adults alike to engage in a creative and educational activity. These delightful depictions of cows not only encourage artistic expression but also provide a platform for learning about the fascinating world of these gentle creatures.

Whether it’s discovering the different breeds, understanding a cows role in agriculture, or simply appreciating their unique features, these coloring pages of a cow bring joy and knowledge together.

So, grab your favorite colors and embark on a coloring adventure that celebrates the beauty and charm of these lovable farm animals. Let your imagination run wild as you fill the pages with vibrant hues, and let the experience of coloring pictures of cows be a source of inspiration and delight.

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Check out my other free printables

If you would like to see my index of free printable coloring pages, go here! All of my animals coloring pages are found here. Or, my other mammals coloring pages can be found here.

Otherwise, here are direct links to several of my other related posts that you’re also going to love:

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*This post was originally shared to this blog on 05/12/2023, and has since been updated to improve user experience, add video instruction, as well as to make it as shareable as possible across the social medias.

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