Dahomeys are the smallest cattle breed in the world. Characteristic for these dwarf-cows are their velvety-black fur and a blue tongue and bluish oral mucosa. Probably the Dahomeys are a very old domestic animal breed, which made smaller due to bad environmental conditions.
More than 100 years ago the first Dahomeys came from Zaire to Antwerp to the zoo. Their descendants were passed on to other zoos. Meanwhile there are some private breeders and owners in Central Europe. This robust race is strongly displaced by the economic breeds.