Are all sheep breeds the same? Certainly not! Like most animals, sheep have evolved over time, adapting to the unique conditions of their native landscape. They have also been bred for the appearance and production qualities valued by the farmers who raise them.
This has created a rich variety of different breeds of sheep, offering farmers the ability to choose the breed best suited to their climate and their unique goals.
On this page we provide a resource list of more than 50 of the most common breeds of sheep. We’ve done our best to sort this list for easy browsing – presenting images of each type of sheep to make it easy to find the breed you’re interested in learning more about, or to identify a breed of sheep you saw in a field or at your local fairgrounds.