Sheep are considered multi-purpose animals in many cultures, but one type of sheep is considered the cutest in the world. The Valais Blacknose sheep is one of those that you can’t be indifferent to – some people like them, and some are afraid of them.
The Valais Blacknose sheep are bred for their wool and meat, but because of their nature, many consider them as pets.
The Cutest Valais Blacknose Sheep
This type of sheep has completely blackhead, and both males and females have twisted horns. It is very difficult to distinguish them. These sheep do not have a tail as others do. The wool is white and evenly covers the whole body. They come from southwestern Switzerland, so the harsh climate in the high mountains suits them best. It is estimated that there are currently more than 13,000 of them.
Adult rams weigh from 80 kg to 125 kg and are between 75 cm and 83 cm tall. Sheep weigh between 70 kg and 90 kg, with a height between 72 cm and 78 cm. They have a short, muscular neck, a wide forehead and mouth, medium ears, and a Roman nose. Their chest is wide and the front legs are set wide.
They are strong animals, strong constitutions, and very resilient. The wool reaches a length of 10 cm, for which it takes five to six months. They need to be sheared twice a year. They give 1.6 lambs a year.
This breed was first mentioned in the 15th century, but it was not until 1963 that it was recognized as a separate breed. They are bred for wool and meat. These sheep are calm in nature and friendly. They like to be petted, and it is possible to train them. Because of these traits, many also breed them as pets. If they are vaccinated, properly cleaned and brushed, you can get the cutest snuggle pals. Moreover, they are great with kids because of their laid back nature.
Every year, from August 24 to 25, a competition for the most beautiful sheep is being held in Great Britain, where there is also an association that strives to make this breed more represented on their territory. They were founded in 2015.
However, getting this type of sheep in the United States is a bit tricky. The Valais Blacknose pure breed isn’t sold anywhere outer of Switzerland. So, you can get some sort of crossbreeds but they will not look alike. For now, we can admire the beauty of these cuties only on pictures.
Here are images for you to brighten your day. Cuteness overload, right?