Dorsets are a breed of purely white sheep thought to have been developed in the UK, although their exact origin is unknown. They are a medium sized, hearty breed, and used for many purposes. They produce fine meat lambs, large quantities of white wool, and can even be milked. Dorsets come in both polled and horned varieties; the Polled variety was developed at North Carolina State University.
Penny is a purebred Dorset ewe (female sheep).
The Shetland sheep was developed in its namesake, the Shetland Isles. It is primarily a wool sheep, however this thrifty breed has also been kept for meat as well as grazing. The Sheltand is smaller and more long-lived compared to its contemporaries, and is available in any color or combination of colors. It is a primitive breed, not been improved upon with modern breeding, and thus remains hardy, adaptable to many farming practices. Sheltand wool is long and fine, and appreciated among spinners.
Charlotte is a miniature Shetland.
The Cheviot is a breed originating in the UK, and popular throughout the world for its dual qualities. Its short, wide stature makes it popular as a meat animal, though it is also prized for white, crimpy wool. Pricked ears, as well as faces and legs clean of wool, give the Cheviot an alert appearance. White accepted color, although some crossed lines have dark individuals as well.
Tammi and Jolene are both miniature Cheviots.
Gotland sheep were developed and named after a Swedish island. They have grey wool that is very soft and fine, and comes in all shades. Wool of this nature is often referred to as “next-to-skin soft”. Their legs are dainty and free of wool, as are their heads. Sometimes they have white markings on their faces or chests. Gotlands are also valued for their meat, making them a dual-purpose breed.
Xavier is a Gotland wether.
Katahdin sheep were developed in Maine by Michael Piel, who wanted to establish a meat breed of sheep that did not require shearing. The breed is well known for its lambing ability, low maintenance, and superior meat yield. They have a coarse hair coat and a softer, downy undercoat that sheds naturally. Katahdin sheep have many characteristics in common with Barbado sheep, which were used to develop the breed. They come in many colors, although most individuals are all or partially white.
Daisy is a Katahdin ewe, and Tucker is her son.