Biggest Horns (Cattle)

I know that size (so they say) isn't everything, but here are some examples of bulls with large horns. Extreme examples often become curiosities that draw tourists and sell postcards. Most of the bulls shown are Texas Longhorns, a breed that really lives up to its name.

Initially longhorns would have needed good horns for cows to defend their calves and both sexes to ward of predators while living loose on the range. However this trait has been selected and exaggerated by pure breed societies which have regular contest for bulls and cows with the large horns. Some of the largest from different periods of history are shown below.

Undated: George West

9'6"<--longest precisely measured horns

This is the largest precisely measured spread that I have found any record of other than the picture below which is also reported to measure nine foot six inches.

1913: No Name

8'4"

The bull shown below was owned by Q B Eidison of Bartlesville Oklahoma. The distance between the tips of the horns is reported to be 8 foot four inches (254 cm). My copy of this card is postmarked 1913.

9'6" <--equal longest (?)

The postcard below, postmarked 1937, appears to be of the same animal at approximately the same age (the shape of horns are general idiosyncratic and can be used to identify a bull). But claims a much larger horn spread. So I am not entirely sure I believe the width of this reported spread.

~1930: No Name

9'6"<--equal longest

These two linen postcards show another Texas longhorn with a reported horn spread of nine foot six (290cm).

Curteich Linen Postcard
Curteich Linen Postcard

1942: Old Tex

8'0"

"Old Tex" was said to have a horn spread of eight feet (244 cm).

2008

Lurch the Watusi Bull has a width of three feet (92 cm) but his horns are far more impressive due to their overall size and weight.

A Longhorn called Top Caliber has a spread of almost seven feet (208 cm).

2012

An Australian longhorn is reported to have horns almost ten feet wide, But this does not seem to be a precise measurement, so I am skeptical.

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Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

WOW! These are amazing pictures. Animals are so cool.

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