COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Ovis aries
DIETGrasses, roughage, and alfalfa
RANGENative to Wales, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, but are now globally domesticated
HABITATPasture and open grasslands
The sheep has a characteristic wide face and long body and comes in white. They can get up to 275lbs.There are two types of Dorest Sheep, the Polled and Horned Dorset. Besides the absence of horns in the Polled strain, they are identical. They will lay down in pastures or fields and chew cud, helping in the digestion process due to the fact that they have a 4-chambered stomach, also known as ruminants.
Predators of sheep can include coyotes, wolves, foxes, bears, dogs, eagles, bobcats, and mountain lions.
They can live anywhere from 9-20 years.
Dorset sheep are prolific breeders and will breed all year round. They can produce multiple lambs per year.
Goats as well as barnyard animals are commonly kept as pets on farms and ranches. It is always best to do your research before moving forward with purchasing any livestock. These animals require different needs from say your dog or cat.
For instance, most livestock animals are herd animals so having one is not an acceptable option. As always, every animal has individual needs that must be met in order to provide the best possible welfare which means you will need a veterinarian that specializes in hoofstock.