A Ouessant sheep walking beside a large tree trunk

Ouessant sheep

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    Animal Class
    Mammal, Bovidae
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    Being a domesticated animal Oussant sheep have been raised in almost all habitats.
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    Herbivores their diet consists of grasses and hay.
  • Introduction

    Ouessant sheep are the smallest breed of sheep in the world as a result of selective breeding.

    Ouessant sheep are a domesticated breed that are thought to be the descendants of the wild Mouflon. They are bred for their fleece which is usually black or dark brown. Rams have very large horns that curl around, Ewes do not have horns. They are social animals that like to love in flocks and are great lawn mowers.

    SIZE: Ouessant sheep range from 40 – 50cm and can weigh from 11 – 20kg in weight.

  • Origin & preferred habitat

    Ouessant sheep originated on the island of Ouessant, off the coast of Brittany, France, that is mountainous.

  • Fun Facts

    Ouessant sheep are ruminants, like goats and cows, meaning they have a 4 chambered stomach allowing them to digest coarse plant materials.

    After a pregnancy of approximately 5 months, the female will usually give birth to one lamb.