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Texas Dall Sheep

Scientific name: Ovis orientalis musimon x Ovis aries

Country / Place of origin: United States

History: The Texas Dall Sheep is a hybrid sheep created in Texas, USA around 1900. Texas Dall Sheep are a naturally shedding, all white hair sheep with Mouflon Sheep influence in ancestry. All rams must have horns, and the ewes are allowed to have horns although most ewes are polled.

According to the United Horned Hair Sheep Association, "The Corsican Group of Sheep (Painted Desert, Texas Dall, Black Hawaiian, American Blackbelly, Desert Sand, and sheep referred to as Corsicans) are actually the result of initial crosses decades ago between the shedding, European Mouflon Sheep (Ovis orientalis musimon, native to Corsica and Sardinia) with a wide range of more well known "wool" breeds of sheep including: Horned Rambouillet, Churro, Merino, and Jacob. At times, some of these crosses also included a hair or shedding sheep called the Barbados Blackbelly (Ovis aries) which were imported from the Caribbean island of Barbados, West Indies with bloodlines originally coming from Africa."

"Once the special characteristics of these wonderful sheep became more popular, efforts to get these sheep recognized as a unique and individual breed were underway by dedicated breeders."

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