Different Breeds of Sheep
Page Two

Here we continue our list of different breeds of sheep that fall into other categories not included in the first page.

Return to the first page listing various breeds of sheep, including those for grass production.



Wool Breeds

The wool breeds are duly noted for producing fine quality wool and uniform heavy fleeces. The wool from these different breeds of sheep are sought after by niche wool marketers.

  • Merino
  • Rambouillets (French Merino)
  • Corridale (white or brown to black fleece)
  • Lincoln
  • Leicester
  • Romney
  • Black Welsh Mountain (brown-black to solid black fleece)
  • Jacob (colored fleece)
  • Shetland (several colors)
  • Debouillet



Hair Sheep

As their name suggests these breeds sustain a hair coat, not a wool fleece. Many of the hair sheep breeds were developed in more heat prone climates but have proven to be hardy enough in colder North American climates as well.

Since they are kind of distinct, we've given them a page to themselves. Learn more about hair sheep.




Meat Breeds

Commonly used by producers raising sheep for the purpose of meat. They are noted for rates of gain (or weaning weights) and carcass frame. Several of the different breeds of sheep listed here will also have been listed for having either maternal or terminal sire traits.

  • Dorset
  • Finnish Landrace
  • Hampshire
  • Perrindales
  • Southdowns
  • Suffolk
  • Texel
  • Canadian Arcott
  • Icelandic Sheep
  • Ile de France
  • Oxford
  • Polypay
  • Rideau Arcott
  • Romanov
  • Scottish Blackface
  • Targhee




Dual Purpose Breeds

The do everything breeds! Well, not quite. The dual purpose breeds are those who can do a decent job of producing both wool and meat.

  • Corridales
  • Border Leicester
  • Cheviots
  • Cotswold
  • Lincoln
  • Australian Romney
  • Clun Forest
  • Columbia




Prolific Breeds

It is common for sheep to give birth to more than one young. Twins and very common in sheep and triplets are not that rare either. The prolific breeds however are noted for having high number of lambs per birthing. Triplets and quads would be a common occurrence with these breeds with litters of five not being out of the norm.

Good candidates for barn lambing and high input operations. Not selected for grass based operations as a ewe on grass and without human assistance will not effectively look after four or five lambs.

  • East Friesian Dairy
  • Finnish Landrace
  • Romanov
  • Polypay




Common Breeds in Canada

These last two lists are just to give you an idea of how easy or difficult, expensive or inexpensive it might be to find these breeds.

  • Rambouiletts
  • Columbia
  • Targhee
  • Polypay
  • Dorset
  • Canadian Arcott
  • Rideau Arcott
  • Hampshire
  • Suffolk
  • North Country Cheviot
  • Dorper
  • Katahdin



Less Common but Available

  • Merino
  • Corridale
  • Shetland
  • Clun Forest
  • Texel
  • Ile de France
  • Romanov
  • Scottish Blackface
  • Icelandic
  • Blackbelly



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