The breed, also known as Spanish Sheep, combines two unusual features for sheep: the sheep are piebald with areas of black or grey patches – and often polykeratous or multi-horned. Both, males and females can carry 2 to 6 horns. Most common are four horns.
In Germany, this breed was never widespread, it probably comes from Asia Minor and is held mainly in Great Britain.
In 1960, there were no more animals on mainland Europe, and only a few hundred animals remained in Great Britain. Some dedicated breeders managed to start an association with the aim to increase the number of animals again. Also in Germany, there are Jacob Sheep again, but only a few hundred animals.
First paintings with Spanish Sheep date from the 17th century and earlier. They show that the animals were often kept in aristocratic parks because of their special appearance.
Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, USA, Israel
not at risk
As breeding form mainly on pastures
Herbivores: grasses, herbs, leaves, bark
1 – 2 lambs
up to 20 years
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