Switzerland Has the Most Adorably Fluffy Sheep in the World

Cute Valais Blacknose Sheep

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With their fluffy white fur, sheep are already cute animals, but one breed from Switzerland takes the cute factor up a notch. The Valais Blacknose is a domestic sheep that originates from the mountainous state of Valais. Though they have been documented since the 15th century, it wasn't until 1962 that they became a standardized breed. These days, they're not only known for their adorable appearance but also their winning personality.

In fact, Valais Blacknose sheep have become quite fashionable and are in high demand. They make wonderful pets due to their friendly disposition and calm nature. But, of course, it's their appearance that really sets them apart. Their distinctive black faces are set off by the white curls of their wool. Aside from their face, they also have black ears, knees, hocks, and feet. To top things off, both males and females have spiral horns.

Bred for both meat and wool, they make nearly 9 pounds of wool per head every year. As their wool is extremely coarse, it's typically used for carpets and felt. Though for centuries the Valais Blacknose could only be found in Switzerland, in recent years they've been imported into other countries.

In 2014, they were imported into the UK and can now be found across the country. Breeding programs are also underway in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia with the hopes of importing the breed to those countries. In the United States, however, this means crossbreeding to eventually get as pure a breed as possible, as USDA rules don't allow for the importation of live sheep or European sheep embryos.

If you won't be making your way to Switzerland anytime soon, take in photographs of the adorable lambs and scroll down to see how one woman in the UK fell in love with her pet Valais.

Valais Blacknose sheep are an adorable breed native to Switzerland.

Flock of Adorable Valais Blacknose Sheep

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They're known for their black faces and markings…

Cute Valais Blacknose Sheep

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Valais Blacknose Sheep with the Swiss Alps in the Background

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As well as the spiral horns that both males and females possess.

Valais Blacknose Sheep with Curled Horns

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Until a few years ago, they were exclusively found in Switzerland, though have now been introduced into the UK.

Baby Valais Blacknose Sheep

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Two Blacknose Sheep in Switzerland

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Their sweet temperament makes them great pets.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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