Abyssinian Shorthorned Zebu
Coat colour is mainly chestnut, black, white or red; horns are short pointing mainly sideways or downwards; hump is small but prominent.
Found in the Jijiga area of Somali region of south-eastern Ethiopia on the Somali side of the border.
The Small East African Zebu are believed to have descended from the recent introductions of zebu into Africa from Asia, and some may have ancestral linkages with cattle of the Large East African Zebu group. The breeds or strains that belong to the Abyssinian Shorthorned Zebu group have tribal and ecological origins, which do not necessarily imply genetic differences. Distinct from cattle of the large zebu of East Africa, the small Abyssinian Shorthorned Zebu inhabits the higher altitude, wetter agricultural areas, and hence they are also referred to as Ethiopian Highland Zebu. The Jijiga Zebu is one of this in south-eastern Ethiopia, but occupies the mid-altitude zone between the Ogaden rangelands and the Hararghe highlands (Rege and Tawah, 1999).