Scientific Name: Ovis aries
Habitat: Since Jacob Sheep are a domesticated breed, they are typically found on farms.
Diet: Jacob sheep typically feed on grains, alfalfa, and vegetables.
Size: 3.5 to 4 feet high / 3.8 to 4.2 feet long
Weight: 80 to 180 pounds
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
About Jacob Sheep:
Jacob Sheep is a domestic breed of sheep found in the United Kingdom. They typically have a more spotted pattern to their wool and 4 horns. While Jacob Sheep were originally used to decorate the yards and gardens of large estates, today Jacob Sheep are primarily for wool and meat.
Did You Know?!
- Jacob Sheep Rams can have horns as long as 30 inches or more.
- The name Jacob Sheep is in reference to the Bible (Genesis 30) when it states that when Jacob moved from Mesopotamia to Egypt he brought with him a flock of spotted sheep. Since the Jacob Sheep’s spots are unique to them, it is likely that they are the what the Bible is referring to.
- Because of a Jacob Sheep’s black spots on their white wool, one fleece can spin up the entire spectrum of colors from white to gray-lilac to black.