Dorset

December 27, 2020

Dorset

The Dorset Horn sheep is, as its name suggests, native to the south coast of the UK and the county of Dorset, but is now widespread across both the UK and indeed the world.

Following the breed’s establishment in Australia, breeders in that country adapted the breed and produced hornless Dorsets, creating the Poll Dorset, with this type subsequently re-introduced to the UK in the mid 1950s.

All white in colour, including head, legs and fleece, the breed is noted for its ability to lamb out of season naturally with many flocks lambing three times in two years. Rams should be bold and masculine in appearance with horned rams having strong and long horns growing from the head well apart on the crown and with graceful curves as close to the face, but without cutting.

Females should be bright and sparky with feminine characteristics, horned females should have horns much smaller and more delicate than the males.
Skin colour is pink, whilst the face, legs and ears are white, while the fleece is of good staple and quality, compact and firm to the touch.


Pictures provided by Dorset Horn & Poll Dorset Sheep Breeder's Association
For more information visit:
UK - Dorset Horn & Poll Dorset Sheep Breeder's Association
http://www.dorsetsheep.org.uk/
USA - Continental Dorset Club
http://dorsets.homestead.com/

 




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