Jacob Sheep

Our Jacob Sheep, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Jacob Sheep (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Jacob Sheep Facts
Jacob Sheep
Ovis aeris

Type
Mammal
Life Span
12-15 years
Size
34 inches
Average Weight
Female: 80-120 lbs
Male: 100-180 lbs
Group Name
Herd
Group Size
Varies
Name of Young
Lamb

Our Jacob Sheep, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Jacob sheep are a domesticated species. They are often considered an heirloom breed that retains much of their original characteristics.
  • Their soft fleece has a piebald (black and white spotted) coloration and it can be shorn and made into wool.
  • They have one or two lambs at a time. Many lambs are born with a special coat of hair that is shed after about 3-6 months of age. This coat helps to protect them from the rain and cold weather.
  • It is unknown where they were first domesticated. Some speculate that it is originally from Syria, Africa, or even descended from a British species of sheep.
  • They are considered to be a rare breed of sheep and the global population of Jacob sheep is thought to be about 5,000.

Did You Know?

Their most notable feature is their horns. Both female and males have them. Jacob sheep may have as few as two and as many as six horns, but most commonly they have four. Rams have larger horns than ewes.