Welcome to our adorable Hairy Coos!
The Highland Cow (the proper name but we prefer "coo") is a Scottish breed of cattle and is instantly recognisable with its long horns and long way coats.
The breed was developed in the Scottish Highlands and the Western Isles of Scotland in the 18th century, although since the early 20th century stock has been exported to the rest of the world, particularly Australia and North America. The breed was developed from two sets of stock, one originally black, and the other a reddish colour.
Highlands are known as a hardy breed due to the rugged nature of their native Scottish Highlands. Their wonderful thick hair gives protection during the cold winters and their skill in looking for food allows them to survive in steep mountain areas. They both graze and browse and eat plants which many other cattle avoid.
So now you know all about the Highland Cows - meet Cameron, Fiddich, Mac, Skye and Wallace - our Hairy Coos.
The coos are all hand-wrapped in mohair wool which has been hand-dyed to give them their glorious colours.
Keyrings - small (3 x 5 cm); medium (5 x 7 cm) and large (8 x 10 cm)
Fridge Magnet - large size only
Brooch - small size only
THE HAIRY COOS
Cameron: the original Hairy Coo, our Cameron is the most natural "coo" colour - shades of reddy brown.
Mac: a vibrant turquoise blue colour, Mac is a very common prefix to many scottish surnames. Our Mac is anything but common however!
Rowan: named after the colours of the iconic Rowan Tree - red and green.
Skye: inspired by the heather found on the beautiful Isle of Skye, Skye is a fabulous blend of purple, pink and grey.
Wallace: like its namesake, William Wallace, who led the War of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, is bold, strong and full of character. The wonderul mixture of orange, pink and blue give Wallace a coat of many colours! (maybe we should have called him Joseph!!)
THE WOOLLY EWES
A new addition for 2015 to the Hairy Coo family are the Woolly Ewes. Like the coos the ewes are all hand-wrapped in wool and come in keyrings and magnets (one size 8 x 5 cm). The ewes too have all been given names:
Ailsa: a very familiar scottish name - taken from the famous Ailsa Craig volcanic island of the west coast of Scotland. Because its a she we have given her a lovely purple coat.
Jacob: named after the well-know breed of sheep. As with them, our Jacob comes in lovely two-tone natural colours.
Lewis: we could not forget the wonderful Outer Hebrides when naming our collection and this beautiful black-faced sheep can be seen all over the Island of Lewis.
Maisie: no excuse - we just loved the name!!
If you would like to place an order for Hairy Coos please contact Sheila:
Phone: +44 (0)7765 274787