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Jacob Characteristics


Handsome and hardy, the Jacob is ideal for the small flock owner or the large breeder. They are a small and efficient breed, allowing more sheep per acre. They are easily handled, rarely need veterinary care, and show a greater resistance to foot-related problems and internal parasites. Ewes lamb easily and the lambs are up and nursing quickly. Carcasses are lean and flavorful, with minimal waste. Tanned hides and horn buttons are additional unique products from these sheep.


Jacob Sheep are a very ancient breed that probably originated in Syria some 3000 years ago. Pictorial evidence traces the breed's movement through North Africa, Sicily, Spain, and on to England. Jacob sheep were imported into the U.S. for game parks and zoos around the turn of the century. Additional imports from Britain in the 1950s and 60s enhanced the genetic pool, at the time the breed was dwindling. Active preservation efforts saved what was left of the breed and established a healthy genetic pool which assures the breed's survival.

  • Size.

    • Small to medium size breed
    • Adult ewes weigh 80-140 lbs.
    • Rams weigh up to 200 lbs.
  • Coloration.

    • White with random black or lilac spots
    • At least 15% of each color must be present
  • Horns.

    • 2, 4, or 6 horns in both ewes and rams
    • Ram horns can reach 30 inches or more.
  • Fleeces.

    • Light and open
    • 3 to 6 lbs; staple length: 4-7 in.
    • Soft to medium wool with healthy luster and sheen
    • Average diameter 34 microns
    • 48 to 54 on Bradford Scale
    • Can spin into full color spectrum of yarn


Cathie and Mark Williams

8323 SE Millihanna Rd, Olalla, WA 98359
(253) 857-2669   •   farm@jacobsheep.com