The Valais Blacknose sheep are some of the cutest animals I’ve ever seen. On first glance, they don’t even look real. They do have a Facebook fan page with over 3,500 likes, but I think they ought to be more well-known。
The Blacknose sheep originate in the Valais region of Switzerland. They are a dual-purpose breed, raised for wool as well as meat. Their most notable features – a black face, black ears, black knees and legs. The rest of their coat is stringy, white and unbelievably fluffy; you’d just want to cuddle up with them。
The Valais Blacknose are a Heritage breed. These domesticated animals are well suited to live in the extreme climatic conditions of the high mountains and are good at grazing on steep, rocky slopes。
Each sheep weighs 80 to 100 kilos and produces about 4 kilos of wool a year. Their earliest mention dates back to 1400 A.D., but they were first recognized as a separate breed in 1962.
There isn’t a lot of content online about the Valais Blacknose. They are featured in a few videos about other topics, like this 10-minute documentary on the traditional festival celebrated by farmers and shepherds in the Swiss Alps. I do believe we need to see more of these incredibly cute sheep!