Breed Type: Hair Breed
Country of Origin: United States
Breed Association Website: katahdins.org
Katahdin sheep are born in the USA!
The breed was originally developed in the state of Maine by Michael Piel, the breed founder. The traits he wanted were:
- Shedding ability
- Easy care
- Ability to have and raise MULTIPLE LAMBS
- Parasite resistance
- Moderate size and adaptability
Katahdin sheep are different!
Katahdin sheep have no wool!
They have hair like a dog and can grow hair in the winter and shed the hair in the summer.
Katahdin sheep are born with long tails (like all lambs do) but the Katahdin Breed Association Standards say to leave the tails long and not to “dock” (cut short) the tails.
Katahdin sheep come in a variety of colors: solids of black,or white, or red, or brown and even harlequin: black and white spots, or brown/ fawn and white spots or mottled (freckled).
Katahdin sheep have a 200% lambing ability and can often have twins, triplets and even quadruplets!