These incredible Valais Blacknose (Ovis aries) sheep would have you thinking you’re staring at stuffed animals – only to see them move, blink, or go Baa! These wooly creatures are a special breed of sheep, originating from the Valais region of Switzerland. New Zealand is home to approximately 100 purebred Valais Blacknose sheep, NewsHub reported. They are dual-purpose livestock farmed for their meat and incredible wool. "They're an expensive hobby,” Sally Strathdee told NewsHub. The Valais Blacknose is a mainly white sheep with a black nose, the black coloring covers the center of their head, going from nose up to eye rims which are also black. Sometimes because of the large black covering they are refered to as white sheep with black faces. They are bred for their wool and meat. A rare heritage breed, they are valued for their docile temperament and are widely recognized as one of the friendliest and “Cutest Sheep in the World.” Solidly built, a Valais ewe can weigh between 150 and 200 pounds and rams can be as large as 200 - … Why Purchase a Valais Blacknose Sheep? There are also some Valais Blacknose sheep which are not susceptible to scrapie, so they are able to carry and transmit the disease without showing any symptoms themselves. Their coat is thick, evenly covers their bodies and has a very unique look. These sweet sheep have charming markings on their black faces and ears, black patches on the knees, feet, and hocks, and long spiral horns. Yet, Valais Blacknose sheep were officially recognized as unique in the 1960s.

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