Cows are passive mobs in the game.
Cows spawn in herds of 4 on top of opaque blocks with at least 2 blocks of space above them, at a light level of 9 or higher. They only spawn in herds while the world is first generating.
- Main article: Breeding
If cows are given wheat, their love mode will be triggered and they will pair off to create calves, which may grant the player a small amount of experience. The parent cows will then have a delay of 5 minutes before they can breed again.
The growth of baby cows can be slowly accelerated using wheat. Each use takes 10% off the remaining time to grow up.
Cows are 1.6875 blocks tall, 0.625 blocks wide, and 1.5 blocks long. Cows tend to walk around slowly and aimlessly, mooing and breathing occasionally. They will avoid walking off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage, and usually stay out of water.
A cow will follow the player if he/she is holding wheat, but will stop if the player travels too far away (approximately 10 blocks).