The Dorset Horn is an ancient breed developed in the sheltered valleys and lush hill pastures of southwestern England, most likely from a cross of Spanish Merinos and the native horned sheep of Wales. The Dorset Horn is considered one of the oldest and purest breeds of the British Isles.
The Dorset Horn's best known breed characteristic, aside from its impressive horns, is the ability to breed out of season. It has been called the "mother breed" - a testament to both its prolificacy and its tremendous milkiness; although they are considered a "meat" breed, Dorset Horns have historically been used as dairy sheep as well.
Dorset Horns are medium size sheep with short, heavy-boned legs and a deep, well-muscled, long and blocky body. They thrive on pasture and tolerate heat very well. The rams are often used as terminal sires to improve the carcass quality of their crossbred offspring. Ewes weigh 150-200 pounds and rams 225-275. Both the rams and the ewes are horned.
Dorset Horn fleeces average 5-9 pounds, with a with a Bradford count of 56s-50s and staple length of 4-6 inches. The fleece is dense, fine and extremely white. Dorset Horn fleece has tremendous loft, warmth and durability, making it an ideal choice for sweaters and socks.
Our Dorset Horns are registered with the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation as Duck Range Dorsets.