Breed Description

Shetland sheep are small, short-tailed sheep. They vary in color and can show almost all possible sheep colors and patterns, with eleven officially recognized colors. Known for their small size, this breed has very fine, soft wool and is often kept by smaller hobby farmers due to their ability to thrive on infertile land, and their good-natured temperament [1]. Shetlands are also one of the few breeds that can produce a true black fleece. [2]

Wool Characteristics

  • Fine
  • Soft
  • The average staple length is between 2-4.5 inches [2]

Country of Origin: Scotland

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