DSC01466Whilst not at all rare in Iceland these sheep are uncommon yet in Scotland. They are a primitive and special breed of sheep, of the Northern short tail variety; so related to Hebrideans. However, since being taken to Iceland a thousand years ago they have bred in isolation and become larger and docile and may be one of the oldest pure domesticated breeds in the world.

Their fleece comprises ‘tog’ outer layer and ‘thel’ fine, soft inner layer; almost merino in quality and sought after for spinning and felting. Some sheep possess an ancient gene for multiple births and certain sheep in Iceland called ‘leader sheep’ are even renowned for being born intelligent leaders.

These sheep should catch on in the UK!

Icelandic 2016 ram lambs for sale when weaned

see the sheep sales pages link here