The Smiling Sheep.
Babydoll Southdown Sheep seem to always be smiling, at least that is what I tell myself. They are a very docile breed of sheep that makes great addition to a family or hobby farm. Their grown height is about knee-to-hip height. Many people use Babydoll Sheep as a 4-H project as they are easy to handle.
Their wool is black or white and is in the 19-22 micron range. Most people who have an ‘allergic reaction’ to wool are actually having skin irritations from the wool being itchy or scratchy (30ish microns). Babydoll wool is closer to cashmere and is extremely soft. It also holds heat very well giving It great use as mittens, hats, blankets, etc…
Not only are they easy-going, but they are also low-maintenance. Babydoll Sheep eat grass in the summer and hay in the winter. They need fresh water to drink from and enjoy ‘treats’. Other than that, they do not require much. Although, we give ours scratches and hugs daily.
Babydoll Southdown Sheep are sometimes used on orchards and vineyards because they are easy on the Earth. Their small stature allows them to eat the grass and spread manure to fertilize the plants without eating the fruits. They will clean up fallen fruit and not harm bark.
They really are smiling.
Our family chose to bring Babydoll Southdown Sheep onto our farm, and they jumped right into our hearts. Our sheep leap, run, jump, and I swear they even dance. The boys can go into their pasture and not worry about being intimidated or harmed. Their smiling little fuzzy faces will brighten any day.