Dalmatian Sheep (Croatia)

Shoulder height 28-32 inches; weight 80-120 pounds; females are extremely smaller. Very heavy woolly hair, mostly whitish, with some dark spots on skin and face.

This endemic sheep species to the Dalmatian Islands off the coast of Croatia have been utilized as domestic animals in the 16th and 17th Centuries by peasants living on the islands and off the sea as fishermen. During a long drought period in the 18th Century the inhabitants left the islands in search of labor at the mainland. They left behind their livestock and their decaying houses. Since then these feral sheep have become totally wild and are extremely difficult to hunt on the shrub covered islands.

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