Dorset Sheep

STATUSLeast Concern

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

Dorset Sheep

The Dorest Sheep originated from a similar looking species in England and was then later brought to the United States in 1885. 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.

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