Minecraft breeding

Breeding is a game mechanic that allows mobs of the same species to breed with each other to produce offspring (with the exception of breeding a mule, which requires a horse and donkey).


Each animal that can be bred has a food item used to lead and breed it (there are a few special cases, described below). Once an animal notices a player holding its food, it follows the player until either the player is out of range, the player stops holding the item, it begins the breeding process, or it is attacked. This includes baby animals. Note that animals are uninterested in food lying on the ground. One item per parent is needed to breed a single baby.

Love mode[]

When an animal is fed its food, it enters "love mode," preparing to breed with another animal of the same species that is also in love mode. Animals that are in love mode emit heart particles constantly. When both animals are fed, they pathfind toward each other, up to eight blocks away. The two animals "kiss" for about two and a half seconds, and then a baby animal of the same species spawns either in between the parents or in the same position as the parent that was spawned first, ending love mode for the parents. Breeding also drops 1–7. The parents do not eat breeding items for 5 minutes, after which feeding them once again causes them to enter love mode. However, they still follow players holding breeding items, as does the baby. An animal exits love mode if it does not breed 30 seconds after being fed; however, it immediately becomes able to be fed and enter love mode.

Unlike other animals, mules can not be bred this way. Breeding a mule requires a union between a horse and a donkey.

Breeding foods[]


Main article: Villager § Breeding

Villagers do not breed automatically when given food. Villager breeding depends on both the number of valid beds in the area (see the village page for full details), as well as whether the villagers are "willing." A villager may become willing if they have 3 bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beetroots in their inventory. They may also become willing as a result of trading with a player. When they breed, they produce a smaller villager. Unlike many baby animals, baby villagers do not have big heads in Java Edition. Baby villagers run around the village, and can "play" tag. A baby villager killed by a zombie may produce a baby zombie villager, depending on difficulty.

Breeding formula[]

A player may want to know the number of mobs required in a farm to reach a certain goal, for example: to make a full-powered enchanting table with bookshelves (46 leather needed) or for full leather armor (24 leather), in case the player has a cow farm. There is a formula to calculate how many mobs needed to have in a farm, by the starting number and if the player waits until all the mobs become mature (this does not apply to villagers):

{\displaystyle X_{n+1}=X_{n}+\left\lfloor {\frac {X_{n}}{2}}\right\rfloor }

where {\displaystyle X_{n}} is the number of mobs at generation {\displaystyle n}, and {\displaystyle \lfloor \,\rfloor } is the operation.

When using larger values of n, it may be easier to approximate the number of mobs using an exponential function to avoid doing too many recursive calculations:

{\displaystyle F(n)=1.622\,e^{0.4055n}+0.5051}

where the input is the n-th generation and the output is the approximate number of mobs after breeding. The constant {\displaystyle e} is Euler's number.

Alternatively, if the player starts with {\displaystyle X_{0}} mobs and wants to reach a population of at least {\displaystyle N}, it can be achieved in {\displaystyle \left\lceil {\frac {\log {\frac {N}{X_{0}}}}{\log {\frac {3}{2}}}}\right\rceil } generations, where {\displaystyle \lceil \,\rceil } is the operation.

Baby mobs[]

Baby animals are smaller variations of their parents, having small bodies, relatively big heads, higher-pitched sounds, and faster walking speeds. Lambs cannot be sheared for their wool, chicks do not lay eggs, calves and mooshroom calves cannot be milked, and horses, mules, donkey foals, and piglets cannot be ridden. Baby animals follow one of their parents (within 8 blocks) until they grow up (if the parent dies or there is none, they pick a nearby adult of their kind. Excluding baby rabbits[1] and baby wild wolf, baby ocelot, stray kitten, baby turtle[2] In Java Edition). Tamed pups and kittens follow their owner if the parent is absent or sitting, and pups attack aggressive mobs just as a mature wolf would. They do not drop loot or experience if killed (excluding baby zombies and their variants).

When born, baby animals choose and follow a nearby adult of the same species, regardless of whether it is their parent. Babies can choose new targets to follow whenever they don't have a valid target, for instance if the previous target dies or moves further than 16 blocks away(Excluding baby rabbits[1]and baby wild wolf, baby ocelot, stray kitten, baby turtle[2] In Java Edition).

When lambs are born, they usually inherit the color of one of their parents, chosen at random. However, if the parents have "compatible" colors (meaning that their corresponding dye items could be combined into a third dye), the lamb inherits a mix of the parents' colors (see Dye). This holds even if one or both of the parents have just been sheared before breeding and have not yet grown their coats back. In Bedrock Edition, however, lambs do not inherit the combined colors of their parents.

Baby animals can be manually spawned by usingspawn eggs on a grown animal. This also works on zombies or variants.

Baby animals may also be spawned using the command with a negative tag; for example, using spawns a baby sheep at the player's position, that matures in 100 ticks. For baby mobs that don't grow up like zombies and piglins, the tag is used instead.

Baby animals take 20 minutes to grow up. This can be accelerated by feeding them their breeding item. Green sparkles appear similar to those caused by bone meal. Each feeding reduces the remaining time before the animal grows up by 10%. The less time remains, the less time is saved by each feeding, making it inefficient to feed an animal continuously until it becomes an adult. After the ninth feeding, the time saved by one feeding is less than a minute, as shown in the graph. Horses, donkeys, and llamas have different mechanics: different breeding items grow babies by different amounts, and each item ages babies by a constant time rather than a percentage of the remaining time.

Baby undead mobs and baby piglins cannot be bred and never grow up. Baby polar bears (cub) can grow up, but cannot be bred, and growth time cannot be accelerated.

Baby hoglin is considered monsters in Java Edition, but it is considered animals in Bedrock Edition. This is because hoglin and baby hoglin are counted toward monster mob cap in Java Edition, while in Bedrock Edition, they are counted toward animal mob cap, despite its hostile nature.


All of these mobs are considered animals, as of majority them are real life animals. Majority of these mobs can be created when its parents have entered love mode after being fed.


Any baby mob that counts toward the Monster Hunter, Monsters Hunted advancement is considered a monster and belongs here. Out of all these monsters, only hoglins can be bred, and can grow up into its adult form. The rest of these baby monsters cannot be bred and never grow up.


Villagers are produced from breeding, but do not count as animals or monsters. Baby undead horses do not grow up.


IconAchievementIn-game descriptionActual requirements (if different)Gamerscore earnedTrophy type (PS4)
PS4Other platforms
RepopulationBreed two cows with wheat.Breed two cows or two mooshrooms.15GBronze
ZoologistBreed two pandas with bamboo.40GGold


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How to breed every animal in Minecraft

There are 71 individual and unique mobs in Minecraft, 18 of which can breed and produce offspring for players.

Currently, as of Minecraft version 1.16.4, the list of mobs able to be bred are:

  1. Donkey
  2. Horse
  3. Pig
  4. Cow
  5. Mooshroom
  6. Sheep
  7. Chicken
  8. Tamed wolf
  9. Tamed cat
  10. Ocelot
  11. Rabbit
  12. Llama
  13. Turtle
  14. Panda
  15. Fox
  16. Bee
  17. Hoglin
  18. Strider

Except for a few, each mob has its specific breeding requirements, whether it be an enchanted golden apple or just some simple wheat.

How to breed each mob in Minecraft

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Besides a few mobs that share breeding habits, each one on this list has its own individual requirements for breeding offspring.

#1 - Horses and Donkeys

Adult donkeys and horses must first be tamed by right-clicking them with an empty hand until the player sees hearts around the animal. Then, they can use either a golden apple (crafted with eight gold ingots and an apple), an enchanted golden apple (found inside chests in generated structures), or the most lucrative, golden carrots (crafted with eight gold nuggets and one carrot). Breeding a horse and a donkey together creates a mule, which cannot reproduce.

#2 - Sheep, Cows, Mooshrooms, and eventually Goats

These four mobs are all able to be bred with wheat once they are in their adult stages. Wheat can be farmed by breaking grass to gather wheat seeds and then growing those seeds into wheat.

# 3 - Chickens

Adult chickens can be bred with any seeds found in the game, meaning wheat, pumpkin, melon, and beetroot seeds will all breed these birds.

#4 - Wolves

Wolves must first be tamed with bones and must also be at full health to breed. To restore a wolf's health, right-click them with raw or cooked meat, and then the same raw or cooked meat to bring them into love mode.

#5 - Cats and Ocelots

Both of these feline friends can be bred with raw cod or salmon. However, with cats, they must be tamed first by using the same items.

#6 - Rabbits

It is recommended for players who are going to breed rabbits first to bring them back to base. Rabbits can be bred with carrots, golden carrots, and dandelions.

#7 - Llamas

Llamas are one of Minecraft's most interesting mobs to breed and tame, requiring the players to tame them in a specific manner to breed, and the full tutorial can be found here. However, once they are tame, llamas can be bred with upwards of three haybales.

#8 - Turtles

Turtles are another interesting mob in how they breed, which can be a very finicky process. To get turtles to lay eggs, players can give two of them seagrass. More information on turtle breeding can be found here.

#9 - Pandas

While pandas cannot be tamed in Minecraft, they can still be bred for the off-chance of getting a special brown panda, or even a sneezing panda, two of the seven variations available in Minecraft. To breed pandas, users have to make sure they are within five blocks of each other and then feed each eight bamboo.

#10 - Foxes

Breeding foxes is the simple part. Taming one, however, is where it gets more complicated. Luckily, to breed foxes, all the player needs is sweet berries, wonderfully found in taigas, where foxes spawn.

#11 - Bees

Bees follow Minecrafters holding flowers, any kind of flower to be exact, and will wait patiently in front of players with flowers in their hand. Gamers can then right-click on two bees with this behavior and a baby bee will spawn.

A baby bee with it's buzzing parents (Image via Minecraft)

#12 - Hoglins

The terrifying hogs of the nether can be bred with crimson fungus, one of the two new mushroom variants introduced in the 1.16.4 Nether update. With hoglins dropping leather and raw pork, they are perfect for a dangerous farm.

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#13 - Striders

Utilizing the other freshly-added fungus, warped fungus, players can breed striders for easy access through the nethers' various lava lakes.

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How to Breed Horses in Minecraft

This Minecraft tutorial explains how to breed horses with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.

In Minecraft, you can breed horses and make cute baby horses (foals). Let's explore how to breed horses.

Required Materials to Breed Horses

In Minecraft, you can use any of these items to breed horses:

Steps to Breed Horses

1. Find Two Horses

Once you have the required materials, you will need to find two horses to breed.


Horses are usually found in the Plains biome.

plains biome

If you are having trouble finding horses, you can summon a horse using a cheat or you can use a spawn egg.

Your horses will need to be close together when breeding, so we have built a fence to keep our two horses from running away.

how to breed horses

2. Tame the Horses

Now a common mistake made when breeding horses is to try to breed wild horses. You can't breed wild horses in Minecraft. You can only breed tamed horses and both horses need to be tame to breed properly.

So make sure you have tamed both horses.

TIP: If you don't know how to tame a horse, you can go to our tutorial on how to tame and ride a horse to learn more.

3. Use the Food Items

When breeding horses, you can use golden apples, enchanted golden apples or golden carrots, whichever you prefer. In this example, we will breed the horses using two golden apples.

With the golden apples selected in your hot bar, you will need to feed one golden apple to each of the horses, one at a time.

The game control to use/feed the golden apples to the horses depends on the version of Minecraft:

  • For Java Edition (PC/Mac), right click on the horse one at a time.
  • For Pocket Edition (PE), you tap on the horse one at a time.
  • For Xbox 360 and Xbox One, press the LT button on the Xbox controller.
  • For PS3 and PS4, press the L2 button on the PS controller.
  • For Wii U, press the ZL button on the gamepad.
  • For Nintendo Switch, press the ZL button on the controller.
  • For Windows 10 Edition, right click on the horse one at a time.
  • For Education Edition, right click on the horse one at a time.

how to breed horses

As you feed the golden apples to the horses, you will see red hearts appear over their heads. Each of these horses is entering love mode.

Once you have fed both horses, they will turn to each other and red hearts will continue to appear over their heads.

how to breed horses

After a moment, the red hearts will disappear and a cute baby horse will be standing there.

how to breed horses

Now you will have two adult horses and one baby horse.

TIP: You will have to wait 5 minutes before your horses can breed again.

Congratulations, you just learned how to breed horses in Minecraft!

Things to Do with Horses

Here are some activities that you can do with horses in Minecraft:

Other Intermediate Tutorials

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Minecraft horse breeding: how to tame and breed a horse, donkey, or mule

Wondering how horse breeding works in Minecraft? You're probably not alone. There's a lot of confusion amongst newer players about how to tame and breed horses, donkeys, and mules in Minecraft, but our beginner-friendly guide to horse breeding will walk you through breeding each species, as well as which species is the best to breed in different situations. You and your friends will be riding between your castles and towers in no time!

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How to breed horses in Minecraft

To breed two horses in Minecraft, you first need to tame them both. To tame a horse, you need to mount them by right-clicking on them with a free hand. It will likely buck you off at first, but just keep mounting them. Each time you mount them, you're increasing the horse's "temper" by 5 points, and once it gets beyond the horse's temper threshold (which is a random number between 0 and 99) then the horse will be tamed.

This means you may need to mount a particularly stubborn horse up to 20 times in a row before it is tamed. You can speed up the process by feeding the horse either sugar, wheat, or apples, to increase the horse's temper by 3 with each feeding.

To breed horses in Minecraft, you need to feed two nearby tamed horses either a Golden Apple or Golden Carrot each. This will activate "love mode" in both horses, much like the process for breeding other Minecraft mobs such as foxes, goats, bees, and axolotls. Shortly after entering "love mode" the horses will mate, producing a foal. This same process works for donkeys as well as horses.

  • Forcing two horses to breed will result in a baby horse.
  • Forcing two donkeys to breed will result in a baby donkey.
  • Forcing a horse to breed with a donkey will result in a baby mule.
  • Mules are sterile and cannot breed.

Whatever you decide to breed, the offspring's stats (HP, speed, and jump height) will be averaged from the two parents' stats and a third randomised set of stats. So there's a fairly high chance that two parent horses with high speed will have a child which will also grow up to have very high speed.

A Minecraft screenshot of many horses of different colours and markings in close proximity on a bed of gravel.

Horse colour and markings

If you're breeding two horses, then the colour and markings of the offspring are likely to each be taken from one of the parents, but there's also a low chance of the baby having completely random markings and colouring:

  • Chance to have random colour: 11.11%
  • Chance to have random markings: 20%

If you'd like to inject more variation in the looks of horses, donkeys, and mules, then your best bet is to find a good Minecraft texture pack that does the job for you.

Horse vs Donkey vs Mule: which is best?

The main difference between the three types of mount in Minecraft is that horses can equip armour for greater protection (specialist horse armour, that is - you unfortunately can't make your horse wear Diamond or Netherite armour plating), while donkeys and mules can equip chests for increased storage.

In terms of the mount's stats (HP, movement speed, and jump height), all three species have the same potential maximum stats. Naturally spawning horses can have random stats while naturally spawning donkeys always have fixed and mediocre stats, which has led many to believe that horses are faster than donkeys and mules, but with enough selective breeding you can have a donkey or mule that is as fast and can jump as high as any horse.

That concludes our Minecraft horse breeding guide. If you're looking for an edge in combat on horseback, be sure to stock up on the best Minecraft enchantments and the most powerful Minecraft potions available. If you're having trouble finding horses, have a look at our best Minecraft seeds list for a good starting point. Or enlist the aid of friends or strangers on a Minecraft server! If you want to know how terrain generation might change, find out everything that you need to know about Minecraft 1.18, which will also bring Dripstone.

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Breeding minecraft

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That's it! Breeding animals in Minecraft only requires two animals, two pieces of food, and a few seconds of "kissing." Animals will then need a five-minute break before they can breed again, although there doesn't seem to be an upper limit on how many times a single animal can be bred.  

What Food Is Needed For Breeding Animals?

Each animal needs to be fed a specific food before it can breed. Here's a look at which item you'll need to have in your inventory to get the process started:

Animal Food
Horse, Donkey, Golden Apple, Enchanted Golden Apple, Golden Carrot
Cow, Goat, Moshroom, Sheep Wheat
Pig Carrot, Potato, Beetroot
Chicken Wheat Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Melon Seeds, Beetroot Seeds
Wolf Any Raw Meat
Cat, Ocelot Raw Cod, Raw Salmon
Axolotl Bucket of Tropical Fish
Llama, Trader Llama Hay Bale
Rabbit Dandelion, Carrot, Golden Carrot
Turtle Seagrass
Panda Bamboo
Fox Sweet Berries, Glow Berries
Strider Warped Fungus
Hoglin Crimson Fungus
Parrot Any Seeds
Bees Flowers


  • Make sure the animals you want to breed are within eight blocks of each other. If they are not, they will not see each other during "Love Mode" and will not breed, leaving you without a baby animal and two pieces of food poorer.
  • An animal exits love mode if they do not breed within 30 seconds, so be quick! It's oftentimes easier to put animals into a pen or enclosure. It prevents them from wandering off and also increases your chances of them finding each other before "Love Mode" wears off.
  • Any large-scale breeding operations should be accompanied by large amounts of food. Breeding will use up supplies quickly, so running a petting zoo and (or farm, whatever you like) will burn through your wheat supplies quickly.
  • Breeding also drops 1-7 XP, so watch out for that.
  • Animals can only breed every five minutes, so take this into account for any large-scale breeding projects.
  • Also, remember that if an animal looks directly at you while you have wheat in your hand will make them follow you (so long as you don't go too far away), making it fairly easy to organize/pen them. If they are sitting or laying down, they will not notice the food.
  • If you give a baby animal the food you breed them with, they will grow faster!

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Minecraft is a first-person survival action / sandbox adventure game where players can gather resources, dig holes, fish, plant crops and more while at night try to avoid monsters.
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Say you’ve already created your starter base in Minecraft, but you want to learn more. Villages in Minecraft are inhabited, and you can grow the population by breeding villagers. This enhances trading in the game while making the vast world of Minecraft a little less lonely. If you’re confused about how to breed villagers in the game, we’re here to help.

In this guide, we will explain how to breed villagers in different versions of Minecraft, and how to protect them from zombies. Additionally, we will answer some of the most common questions related to village inhabitants and breeding in the game.

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft Version 1.14 and Earlier?

To breed villagers in Minecraft 1.14 or earlier, follow the steps below:

  1. Find or build a village. A couple of buildings close to each other are already considered a village.

  2. Each of the buildings needs to have an entrance door. The breeding-building for your villagers will need at least three beds.

  3. Make sure that the villagers are willing to breed. You need to feed every breeding villager three loaves of bread, 12 carrots, or 12 potatoes to inspire them.

  4. Once all the requirements are met, leave two villagers alone in one of the buildings.

  5. Check the building in about 20 minutes – a baby villager should appear.

Tip: Be aware of new villages – they may be inhabited by zombies, pillagers, vindicators, evokers, or illusioners.

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft Version 1.16?

With the new version of the game, the villager breeding process has changed slightly. Follow the instructions below to grow your village population in Minecraft 1.16:

  1. Find or build a village. A couple of buildings close to each other are already considered a village.

  2. There should be three times more doors than adult villagers in your village.

  3. Ensure that the building where your villagers are going to breed has at least three beds with two or more empty blocks above them.

  4. Trade at least once with your villagers.

  5. For the villagers to breed, ensure that there are three loaves of bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beetroots in the inventory per one villager. Feed it to your villagers.

  6. Leave two villagers alone in a building.

  7. Check the building in about 20 minutes – a baby villager should appear.

Tip: Be aware of new villages – they may be inhabited by zombies, pillagers, vindicators, evokers, or illusioners.

How to Breed Villagers in Minecraft Bedrock?

Breeding villagers in Minecraft Bedrock isn’t much different from doing it in Minecraft 1.16. To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Find or build a village. A couple of buildings close to each other are already considered a village.

  2. There should be three times more doors than adult villagers in your village.

  3. Ensure that the building where your villagers are going to breed has at least three beds with two or more empty blocks above them.

  4. Trade at least once with your villagers.

  5. For the villagers to be willing to breed, ensure that there are three loaves of bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beetroots in the inventory per one villager. Feed them to your villagers.

  6. Leave two villagers alone in a building. In Minecraft Bedrock, there male and female villagers, but it doesn’t matter for breeding.

  7. Check the building in about 20 minutes – a baby villager should appear.

Tip: if your village is full, you have to either build more houses or send newborn villagers away to another village to breed more. Don’t worry; newborn villagers grow up in about 20 minutes and quickly forget about their home.

How to Breed Villagers in Survival Mode?

Breeding villagers in Minecraft survival mode is the same as breeding them in the creative mode.

How to Make a Village Zombie-Proof in Minecraft?

If you’re playing in survival mode, your villagers can be killed by zombies, and you will have to breed more to replace them. If you don’t want to spend time breeding, ensure that your village is safe. Follow the steps below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Read this section to find out more about village inhabitants and breeding in Minecraft.

What Else Can Be Bred Other Than Villagers?

Villagers aren’t the only species that can be bred in Minecraft. You can also breed pets, tamed animals, such as horses, donkeys, cows, and even bees! Every animal species has different breeding requirements. So, to breed horses, you need to feed them a golden apple or a golden carrot. Cows, goats, and sheep are willing to breed after eating wheat. Pigs will eat carrots, potatoes, and beetroot – same as villagers, though you only need one instead of 12.

Wolves will breed after eating most types of meat. Chickens want to be fed seeds, and cats – raw fish. You can also make baby animals grow faster by feeding them certain types of food. For example, sheep grow faster when eating grass, horses – when consuming sugar.

What Good Does It Do to Breed Villagers in Minecraft?

There are a couple of reasons to breed villagers in Minecraft. Firstly, you can trade with them. As every villager has a different profession, you’d want to have enough villagers to ensure a supply of all necessary goods.

Secondly, your villagers can die for various reasons, and you have to replace them. Thirdly, growing your village is simply fun, and when the village is large enough, iron golems spawn automatically to protect the inhabitants.

What Professions Can Villagers Have in Minecraft?

Most of the villagers have professions and supply certain goods. They have a different appearance that helps to identify them. Armorers will trade various iron, chainmail, and diamond armor for emeralds. You can get emeralds and meat from butchers. Cartographers trade maps and banners for emeralds and compasses.

To get gemstones, visit a cleric villager. Fletchers will help you to get crafting and hunting tools. Other villager professions include farmers, fishermen, leatherworkers, librarians, shepherds, and more. Some villagers are unemployed – they look like a plain villager model without any additional details.

You can find them a job by building a new job site. Another non-trading villager type is Nitwit. They wear green coats and shake heads if you attempt to trade.

What’s Reputation in Minecraft?

You have a different reputation in every village in Minecraft. It ranges from -30 to +30, starting at 0. Your reputation can be increased by trading with villagers and upgrading their professional skills. If you attack or kill a villager or their baby, your reputation will drop.

Therefore, if your village is full, don’t kill anyone – instead, send them away. When it drops below -15, villagers become hostile to you and iron golems attack you, so trading becomes nearly impossible. Furthermore, if you kill an iron golem, your reputation drops by another 10 points, so getting rid of them won’t solve the problem. Villagers also gossip, affecting your reputation. Breeding villagers doesn’t increase your reputation, but when a baby villager grows up, you can make them an apprentice to get additional reputation points.

Expand Your Village

Hopefully, with the help of our guide, you will easily grow the population of your village in Minecraft regardless of the game version. Make sure to protect your village inhabitants and create enough working sites for them to be willing to trade. And don’t forget about your reputation in the village – if it’s too low, you will be banished by the iron golems and will lose the ability to interact with villagers.

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Learn how-to breed all animals in Minecraft using this quick and simple guide! Here, we'll show you how-to breed animals, what items you need to breed them, and other useful information for breeding those not so easy to work with animals.

The Basics of Breeding Animals

In order to breed animals in Minecraft, you'll need to feed each animal a certain type of food. Once fed, hearts will appear, indicating the animal is ready to breed. If another animal of the same kind is also fed and the two are within eight blocks of each other, they will breed and create a baby animal.

These two bred animals cannot breed again for five minutes and the baby animal will take twenty minutes to mature into an adult in most cases. Breeding animals generates a small amount of XP.

Alphabetical List of Animals


Bees love flowers and will follow a player holding one. Any type of flower will work. All you need to do is feed each bee a flower and they will breed, creating a baby bee!


Before you can breed cats, you'll need to tame them. You can tame cats by feeding them raw cod or raw salmon until hearts show up and a collar appears. Cats will generally run from players, so you might need to crouch and sneak up on them in order to get close enough to tame them. Once tamed, simply feed the two cats fish again. The kitten will be automatically tamed.


Chickens can be bred with beetroot seeds, melon seeds, pumpkin seeds, or wheat seeds. They will follow a player carrying any seeds.


Just like mooshrooms, cows will follow players holding wheat and will breed when fed this item.


Donkeys must be tamed before they are able to be bred. You can tame a donkey by clicking on them. This will place the player on top of the donkey, who will continue to kick the player off until it is tamed.

Once tamed, donkeys can be fed either a golden apple or a golden carrot to breed. These items can be made using the crafting table as shown below.


Breeding foxes can be tricky and quite frustrating. You'll only find foxes in a tiaga biome. Just like cats, foxes will run from players who approach. In order to get close enough, you'll need to be sneaking. The easiest way is to barricade the foxes by surrounding them in a two-block high area where they can't escape. Once the two adult foxes are pinned in, feed them sweetberries, which can also be found within the tiaga biome.

For more in-depth information, check out our guide on How-To Tame a Fox!


Just like donkeys, horses need to be tamed before they can be bred. Click on the horse you wish to tame over and over again until it stops kicking you off. Once tamed, horses can be bred by feeding two of them either a golden apple or a golden carrot.


Llamas also need to be tamed in order to breed. Click on the llama until it stops kicking you off and shows hearts. Once tamed, feed two adult llamas a hay bale and they will breed. You can find hay bales piled up in villages or you can make them using the crafting table as shown below.

Llamas spawn naturally in savanna and mountain biomes. The wandering trader llamas cannot be bred, however.


Mooshrooms are cow-like animals that are only found within the mushroom fields biome. Just like cows, these animals can be bred with wheat.


Similar to cats, ocelots are felines found in jungle biomes. They will run from players, so you will need to be sneaking. Feed them raw cod or raw salmon in order to gain their trust. Once tamed, feed the two adults fish again in order to breed them.


Pandas can be found in jungle biomes and love bamboo! They will follow players holding bamboo. In order to breed them, eight blocks of bamboo need to be within a five-block radius. Otherwise, the pandas will not breed and instead just eat the bamboo.

Here's how to tame pandas: How to Breed Pandas in Minecraft


To breed pigs, simply feed them either a carrot, potato, or beetroot. They will follow players holding these items.


Rabbits generally run from players. However, if you hold either a carrot, a golden carrot, or dandelion, the rabbit will approach. These items can then be used to breed two adult rabbits.


Sheep will follow players holding wheat and can be bred by being fed this item. The baby sheep will be one of either adult colors unless the two colors are compatible. In that case, the baby sheep will be a mixture of the two colors.


Breeding turtles takes a bit of work. Turtles spawn on beaches and can commonly be found swimming in the water. They will follow players holding seagrass and two turtles can be bred by feeding them this item. Seagrass can be picked up by using shears. Once the turtles breed, one will go to the shore and dig around for a long time before dropping turtle eggs. These eggs will eventually spawn turtles or players can pick up these eggs by using a silk touch pickaxe.

For more information, check out our guide on How-To Breed Turtles!


Wolves need to be tamed using bones before they can be bred. Once tamed, feeding two adult wolves any rawmeat will enable them to breed. The baby pup will also be tamed to the owner of the parent wolves.

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