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Ermintrude (Azalée in the French version) is a sassy anthropomorphic cow and an opera singer.


In the original series, Ermintrude somewhat harbored a somewhat subtle crush on Dougal, and has outsmarted him on several occasions. Also in the original series, Dougal was initially frightened of her, to the point of climbing up a tree and hiding in the train van during their first meetings. Nevertheless, the two are still good friends, and despite constantly making fun of her, Dougal has sometimes gone out of his way to do nice things for her (for example, putting on a fireworks show for her birthday).

In the 2007 reboot series, she has a bit of a crush on Brian (who had a crush on her himself in the 2005 film, which she didn't take notice until the end of the movie).

She and Dylan also seem to share the same passion for music, despite liking different genres. Both of them also share similar artistic talents, particularly painting. In "Sugar Shortage", they both teamed up with Florence to stop Dougal from using a machine to turn Ermintrude's daisies and Dylan's carrots into sugar.


Ermintrude is a matronly and operatic cow that lives in the Enchanted Gardens who loves to sing opera at the sound of her own voice and being the main attraction, as well as like to eat flowers in the gardens. Although she likes her friends where she would call their "dearhearts", Ermintrude doesn't take kindly to rudeness, particularly from Dougal and would often get enraged where one instance shows that she nearly went after Dougal when he insults her whilst playing the piano in Zebedee's orchestra. As much as she likes to sing opera, Ermintrude would sing too hard and too loud and this would result in glass shattering, or in rare cares, cause icicles above to fall where this happened when the group are setting camp for the night prior to finding two diamonds.

Other than singing too loud, Ermintrude would scream so loud whenever she is pain or in fright where an example of this would be screaming at the sight of a pair of mice that Florence found when planting her strawberries. She is also very enthusiastic which can sometimes make her feel vain and want to show off.

In the original series, Ermintrude often loves being around the Train and watching it pass by. In Dougal and the Blue Cat, she is shown to be talented in painting. Compared to the reboot series, Ermintrude has more of a ditzy personality, especially in the French version where she would often mis-pronounce everyone's name, especially Dougal's. (Since this happens on a regular basis, the frustrated dog would only clarify her on occasion. The other characters don't mind and are used to this, although Brian has corrected her at least once in "Can You Play Cup and Ball".) She also has a big appetite (which Dougal jokingly compares her to a lawn mower in one episode), but during series 3, she becomes sensitive about her weight and gets upset whenever she gains more pounds (this becomes the focus of two episodes, which Dougal tries to "help" her). Also, during season 3, she gains the power to glide (through Zebedee's magic), which she often does when she's excited or in a hurry.

Physical appearance

Ermintrude is a matronly peach (originally pink) cow with red spots on her body, red limbs and tail, hazel eyes, faint eye shadows, pink cheeks, white horns, brown hooves with peach soles, honey blonde hair and the tip for the tail.

She wears her blue brimmed hat on her head that has a pair of holes for her horns to stick out, and a red neckerchief with an emerald fastener. In the original series, Ermintrude is rarely seen without her hat off, but this happened on three occasions, twice in series 2 ("Ermintrude's Hat, Part 1" and "Ermintrude's Vocation"), and at least once in series 3 ("Traffic Block and Road Race"). Both seasons portray her with different hairstyles. (In series 2, she has short fancy hair with a bowtie, whereas in series 3, her hair is very long.) She is seen without her hat more often in the reboot series.

Appearances (original series)

Series 1


Series 2

Part 1

  • Ermintrude's Dance
  • The Rainbow, Part 3
  • Flamenco
  • Lost Ball
  • Carrot Juice
  • Zahara's Song - cameo (non-speaking in the French version)
  • Glasses, Part 2 - cameo
  • Plans for Rusty's House (cameo)
  • Building Rusty's House
  • Rusty's House
  • Road Signs
  • Brian and the Train Race
  • Television Announcer
  • Captured Storm
  • Cow Railway
  • Lost Boing
  • Jumping Competition
  • Florence's Party
  • Dougal's Jam

Part 2

The * sign donates to having been made after Dougal and the Blue Cat

  • Spaghetti Party
  • Watch the Birdie
  • Baking a Pie
  • Let's Play at Cats
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Ermintrude's Vocation
  • Le voyage extraordinaire - cameo appearance (English version unidentified)
  • Dylan, Sculptor
  • Tombola
  • Flying Saucer
  • Relay Race
  • Ermintrude’s Hat, Part 1
  • Ermintrude's Hat, Part 2
  • Pancakes
  • Happy Birthday, Dylan
  • Ermintrude's Toothache
  • Picnic
  • Brian’s Twilight
  • At the Door Department
  • The Exhibition
  • The Mysterious Beast
  • Ermintrude's Folly - Blue Cat model introduced
  • Golf and Omelette
  • Can You Play Cup and Ball?*
  • Taste of Honey* (mentioned only, French version)
  • Snowman's Scarf*
  • Toffee River*
  • The Orchestra*

Series 3

Pretty much every episode except for these:

  • Dougal Cooks His Specialty
  • Dougal’s Gold Mine
  • Soap Makes You Lovelier
  • Letter to Father Christmas


  • In the original series, Ermintrude's skin is pink. Beginning with the newer AB Productions episodes of the original series during the 90s, as well as the CGI era, she is a peach color.
  • In the original series, Ermintrude is hardly seen without her signature blue hat (apart from a few episodes), but in several episodes of the 2007 CGI series, she is shown without her hat on an occasional basis.
  • In the US version of the movie, she was voiced by Whoopi Goldberg who also voiced Shenzi in The Lion King, Stretch in Toy Story 3, Tower in The Little Engine That Could, Darlin in Everyone's Hero, Margaret in The Rugrats Movie, Franny in Racing Stripes and Miss Clavell in My Fair Madeline.