Small sheep with smiling faces who love eating treats and meeting Dairy guests. Our miniature sheep have beautiful, soft wool (great for petting, or spinning when they get too hot).
Sheep have no upper front teeth, and nibble gently when hand fed. Very sweet natured, they do not typically butt or ram their heads into people.
Unlike larger sheep and goats, these mini sheep are easy to house behind short fences and light gates. They don't typically ram fences or challenge gates.
Our night housing serves the purpose of protecting the sheep from predators. Sheep require a night barn, or sheltered night pen with high, sturdy fences to protect against predators such as coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions.
Sheep concentrate on grazing, keeping four feet on the ground. Goats are typically browsers, not grazers. They tend to stand on their hind legs and reach up to bushes and trees.
The sheep keep the grass as low as possible. The entire East side of our Dairy is rich with large pastures for our little grazers. In the Fall, when grasslands dry, Eastern Santa Ana winds blow, and fires spark easily. We always ensure that our farm is well protected from wildfires, so our little ones stay safe.
Small sheep with woolly faces and legs, the Old English Babydoll Southdown sheep are naturally poled (no horns). They are small, and very gentle-natured. These sheep are most commonly either white, black, or gray.
Originally developed in England as a meat sheep, their wool is not prized for spinning. American's love this small breed for pets, petting zoos, and for keeping the weeds under control in orchards and vineyards.
A new American breed known for wild spotting thanks to one of its foundation breeds, the Finn sheep.
Harlquins also have babydolls in their creation, These small sheep have less wool on the face and legs, making them easier keepers, as debris does not get trapped in the wool on their legs and faces. These sheep are also naturally poled (no horns) .
More athletic than the Babydolls, the Harlequin sheep put on quite a show skipping, prancing, and bouncing around the pastures. Their wool is either black with white markings, or white with black markings.
Looking for a great addition to your family farm, a friendly pet, or a flock of woolly entertainers to greet guests at your attraction? These little sheep are versatile and charming!
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This lamb is a harlequin. Both his sire and dam are highly colored.
Where spotted babydolls are few and far between, spotted harlequins are more common.
Black lambs rarely stay jet black as the sun will fade their color. But when sheered will be jet black underneath.
Merle is when a lamb is black with scattered "celestial" looking white markings (looking sort of like a galaxy.) Often a black ewe with spotted genetics will throw this color.
According to the registry, merle is simply registered as spotted.
The spotted genetics will often show up on a black lamb as a white mark on the face. This happens often with a white ewe bred to a spotted ram. This white spot will often show on a black lamb indicating it carries the spot gene.
White is white. No markings.
Our herd will be unlikely to produce white as we do not have any white ewes.
This gray ewe started out jet black with no white hairs at all. She turned to this lovely gray over three years. Many of the black lambs will turn to this. When this ewe is sheered, she is gray... not black at the roots.
Lambing is starting! You can scroll down below this section to see the new arrivals as the come. The sire to all the lambs is our merle spot babydoll ram, Teddy. We have 10 ewes having lambs this season.
Lambs will be vaccinated, have tails docked and wethered (as needed) and be ready for their new homes around 10 or 12 weeks old. We rarely have bottle babies for sale as we prefer to let our ewes be moms. If you saw how much they love it, you would want that for them too.
Sheep are smart and easy to train. All of our sheep that we handle at shows and events started out as mother-raised lambs that we patiently and gently trained to come and walk on leashes using treats.
OUR HARLEQUINS: Our harlequin ewes all have a highly colored sire with blue eyes. Rather than keep breeding to the harlequins, we brought in Teddy, a petite, merle spotted babydoll ram that will give us the rounder fuzzier faces and hopefully some interesting genetics for color.
OUR BABYDOLLS: All three of our babydolls: both ewes and our ram, are merle spotted in color and have high spotted genetics on both sides.
COLOR EXPECTATIONS: Most people who are contacting us are curious about spotted sheep. All of our ewes and our ram are from highly colored parents and grandparents. So even if a ewe is black, if she is bred to a ram with color or color genetics, she can have colored lambs.
TEMPERMENT: Although color is fun, the most important element is a good temperament. Although we love the high spotting of the harlequins, their temperament is less calm than the babydoll temperament. That and the confirmation is why we are breeding back to a very calm, small, sweet, fuzzy babydoll ram…. We love the spots but mostly want sweet, friendly sheep.
Here is a breakdown on what our typical prices are:
Please note that our harlequins are F1 breed up stock. The way the registry works, any future lambs from these will be registerable as F1 or F2 only. F1 & F2 are five and six generations before pure, foundation stock harlequins. We are purposely sticking with the F1 and F2 generations to inject more of the babydoll qualities we like into our exceptionally beautiful harlequins.
BABYDOLL LAMBS ... our babydolls are done, we only had two ewes to lamb and they each gave us a lovely spotted ewe lamb.
It's what's inside that counts!
Every one of our lambs has strong color genetics on both their sire and dams sides.
Our ram is a faded merle color looking mostly black and we are getting loud color from him and some of our black moms. Every single lamb this year shows at least a hint of white. Bred to a sheep that also carries the spot gene, these lambs should throw color too.
Teddy is a petite registeredd babydoll with a gentle temperment. Although it does not show when his wool is long, he is a merle spotted ram.
A note on breeding for color:
5 of our most highly colored lambs born so far this year have come from are merle and black ewes.
The first of Prissy's ram lambs looked completely black at first but he also shows small merle markings. We will however officially list him as black as the white flecks are very small. The curl on his fleece is so tight! He is going to have nice fiber.
Would recommend as a wethered pet.
Prissy's second lamb was a wee bit smaller and has a few merle markings on his neck sides and hips. really super curly fleece. Going to have nice fiber.
Would recommend as a wethered pet.
Born Feb 27, 2021. Really pretty merle markings and a very fuzzy Babydoll face. Out of Nezelet, a spotted Harlequin ewe with strong Babydoll features and Teddy, our merle Babydoll ram.
Would recommend as a breed up Harlequin Ram. He is round and colorful with nice manners.
Born Feb 28, 2021. Highly spotted F1 Harlequin ewe lamb. Smooth face so will be more harlequin looking although her dad is Teddy, our merle Babydoll ram. Neither of her parents are highly spotted. But both have it in parentage.
Petite black harlequin ewe. Born March 5, 2021 Carries the spot gene. Will be registered as an F1 Harlequin. 50%/50% Babydoll/ Harlequin mother.
100% Babydoll father.
Call him Mr. Perfect! Born March 8, 2021. Will be registered as an F1 Harlequin. Out of Francesca, a beautiful FP level Harlequin ewe. (she has the prettiest harlequin features we have seen and wish the breed was sticking with these characteristics)
Sired by Teddy (hence he can only be registered as an F1 Harlequin)
Unless you are obsessed with breed ranking, this ram lamb is going to be PERFECT for developing your own miniature spotted flock.
Born March 13, 2021 out of an F1 Harlequin black ewe, Starla and Teddy, our merle babydoll ram. Pink nose and BIG peacock spots.
Although he is only an F1 generation lamb he is a great ram prospect to keep your harlequins colorful small and woolly.
Born March 20, 2021 out of an FP spotted Harlequin ewe, Irit.
Pretty head and has a white spot on head and tail (although his tail will be docked for health/sanitary reasons.) Carries the spot gene.
Born March 21, 2021 out of an F1 Harlequin ewe. This colorful ram lamb is the perfect candidate to get some gorgeous spotted babydoll genetics into your herd.
Francesca is a 2020 FP spotted harlequin out of a blue eyed ram. She has perfect facial wooling (not bare-headed) and stands at 26". She loves to jump my 30" pasture fence (I know, it is way to low but looks so pretty and everyone else stays in... ) so I am looking for a new home for her.
She can be paired with one of our ram lambs and you have great color on both sides!