Valais Blacknose Sheep

Height & Weight

The Valais Blacknose Sheep was first recognized as a separate breed in 1962. They have black patches on their nose, eyes, ears, knees, and feet along with a thick coat of fluffy wool to keep them warm during winters in the Swiss mountains. The average Sheep has an overall height of 46.0" (3’10”) | 117 cm, withers (shoulder) height of 36.0" (3’) | 91 cm, and body length of 50.0" (4’2”) | 127 cm. A typical Sheep weighs between 80-400 lbs | 35-180 kg and has a lifespan of roughly 10-12 years.

Sleep & Food

Mostly sheep eat grass, clover, forbs, and other pasture plants. They especially love forbs. In fact, it is usually their first choice of food in a pasture. Sheep like to sleep for only 4 hours at a time.

Fun Fact

• Sheep have a field of vision of around 300 degrees, allowing them to see behind themselves without having to turn their head • There are over 1 billion sheep in the world. • China has the largest number of sheep in the world. • Adult female sheep are known as ewes. • Adult male sheep are known as rams. • Castrated adult male sheep are known as wethers. • A group of sheep is known as a herd, flock or mob. • Young sheep are called lambs.