Dexter cattle are a breed of miniature cattle originating in Ireland.  The smallest of the European breeds, they are about half the size of traditional Herefords and about one-third the size of a Holstein milking cow.
Mature cows weigh between 600 -700 lbs and mature bulls around 1,000 lbs.  Considering their small size, the body is wide and deep with well-rounded hindquarters.
They are typically single-colored, except for an occasional white marking on the udder or behind the navel.
Dexters produce a rich milk relatively high in butterfat.  The quality is similar to that of the Jersey.  The milk is believed to be more naturally homogenized due to the smaller fat globules.