If you’ve ever asked yourself “What is a Baby Sheep Called?” you aren’t alone, and the truth is that there are several different names for baby sheep used around the world. The most common (and the most accurate) name for a baby sheep is lamb, but the “lamb” term can accurately be used to describe any sheep which is under a year old. The word lamb is also used to describe the meat of any sheep under a year of age, which is why it can get a bit confusing for folks who are new to sheep.
Are there Other Names for a Baby Sheep?
There are several other proper names a baby sheep can be called.
A ram lamb is the name for a baby male sheep and a ewe lamb is what a young female sheep is called. If a young male sheep is castrated it can accurately be called a wether. The British dictionary also includes the term lambkin to describe a baby sheep.
Additional qualifying terms for sheep of any age include polled (meaning the sheep does not have horns) or horned (meaning that the sheep does have horns).
Lamb Pictures: 6 Photos of Baby Sheep
Here are a few pictures of lambs, newborn and baby sheep. Lambs come in all colors and have a variety of different features depending upon the sheep breed.
Question Answered: Are Lambs Baby Sheep?
Now that you have answered the question What is a baby sheep called? I hope you’ll take a look at some of our other articles to learn more about some of the fascinating different breeds of sheep including sheep raised for wool, sheep raised for meat and even hair sheep breeds (sheep which don’t grow any wool at all).
You also may be interested to learn about the differences between sheep and goats.
If you’re interested in getting a baby sheep of your own, start getting prepared for sheep with our Sheep Farming for Beginners section.