Swiss Valais Blacknose
The Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep originate from the Valais region of the Swiss Alps. Throughout history, these sheep have been constantly surrounded by shepherds and their families, meaning the breed have become known for their incredible temperaments and almost ‘dog-like’ (man’s best friend) temperament; they love being around people, just like your family dog.
Many hikers from the Swiss Alps report encounters with the Swiss Valais Blacknose on their hikes and can’t believe how friendly these sheep are. When researching this breed, you’ll often find the sentence “meet a Valais, and you have a friend for life!”
What Are Swiss Valais Blacknose Bred For?
Historically and in their native land, the Swiss Valais Blacknose are bred for meat and wool. However, in New Zealand and other countries, they are known for being cute and cuddly pets as well as for their easy lambing, with long legged light lambs that rapidly grow. They’re a great option for lifestyle block owners looking to have a few family-friendly sheep in their front paddock. Their wool can also be used for felting and in carpet making.