Small Sheep Breeds

Small sheep breeds are becoming increasingly popular among breeders, not only for their charming appearances but also for practical reasons. These breeds require less space and are easier to handle, making them ideal even for homesteads and small farms.

Small Sheep Breeds

List of Small Sheep Breeds

Most small breeds, like the Olde English Babydoll Southdown and Shetland, are bred to be gentle and friendly, making them perfect pets even for children. Still, they can be useful for more traditional purposes as well.

BreedAverage Height (in inches)Average Weight (in lbs)Purpose
North Ronaldsay16-1855-65Wool and meat
Ouessant18-1935-70Wool, also landscaping
Olde English Babydoll Southdown18-2475-120Wool
Soay18-2450-140Meat and fiber
Balwen Welsh Mountain20-2483-95Wool and meat
Castlemilk Moorit20-2677-121Hobby farming
Shetland22-2570-125Wool, meat, conservation grazing
Miniature Cheviot23-2545-100Wool and meat

Though these sheep are usually considered small, it is not uncommon for a breed’s physical attributes, like height and weight, to vary for reasons including genetics, diet, and habitat.


1. Do any small sheep have fluffy wool?

The Olde English Babydoll Southdown, famous for its teddy-like appearance, has fluffy wool and a fuzzy face.

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