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These precious little sheep are now known by many names: Old World South Downs, Miniature South Downs, original South Downs, Olde English Babydoll Sheep, Babydolls, and "the sheep that have teddy bear faces."
Usually when a breed is developed the industry starts with a large animal and they begin to breed it smaller to obtain a novelty. In the case of the miniature Southdown (Olde English Babydoll) the opposite is true. You see, this miniature breed is not really a miniature breed at all; In fact, they are actually the original Southdown breed. The breed was originally standardized by John Ellman of Glynd, England around 1780 in the South Downs of Sussex county. They are one of the oldest of the English breeds and the grand ancestor of the other Down breeds.
The Babydoll Southdown Sheep continue to thrive today as wonderful wool producers, organic weed control & lawn mowers, barnyard companions and sweet pets. Those of us enjoying these little sheep have much appreciation for the forethought and efforts of others that gave the small Southdown a place in the world of sheep today.
Babydolls are outstanding pets that produce fleece that is in the class of cashmere, a hand spinner's delight. They provide organic weeding and make excellent companion animals. Their gentle nature makes them a joy to own! Be sure to follow our Instagram Page @heavensbales to see even more pictures of our sheep and other activities at the farm.
We have sold out of 2021 and 2022 lambs. Get on the waiting list for 2023 lambs by making a deposit below.
Babydoll Southdown Sheep Breeders Association registered rams and ewes : start at $650
Babydoll Southdown Sheep Breeders Association registered wethers: start at $500
Pricing includes registration, first vaccinations, worming, tail docking, and vet health certificate.
Babydoll sheep are "Easy-Keepers" but they do need care and attention.
What are the basic needs of babydolls?
Things to consider:
Deposits are required to reserve our Spring lambs.
Due to rapidly selling out of lambs and being unable to fulfill many requests, we will keep an ongoing wait list for reservations for Babydoll South registered ewes and rams. A non-refundable deposit of $100 per ewe or ram will be required to reserve your lambs.
Currently we have SOLD OUT of 2021 and 2022 lambs.