Faroe Islands domestic animals

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

The domestic animals of the Faroe Islands are a result of 1,200 years of isolated breeding. As a result, many of the islands' domestic animals are found nowhere else in the world.

Faroese Goose

Faroe pony[edit]

Faroe ponies on a stamp
Main article: Faroe pony

The Faroe pony (føroyska rossið in Faroese) is a small but strong pony. Its height is between 115 cm -125 cm. In the old days it was used as a work horse, carrying heavy loads, but now it’s mostly used as a child’s riding horse. In the early 1900, a lot of ponies were exported to be used as pit ponies. In the 1960s there were 5-6 pure ponies left; now with huge efforts there are 53 ponies.[1]

Faroese cow[edit]

The Faroese cow is small, often black or piebald, and is used for milking. Both sexes of the species have horns.

Faroese sheep[edit]

Main article: Faroese sheep
Faroes ewe and her twin lambs

The Faroese sheep is a small and hardy breed. It is one of the Northern European short-tailed sheep and has been on the islands for over 1,000 years. The sheep is a huge part of Faroese culture - it is a part of the local cuisine, and might have given the islands their name, since Faroe Islands is thought to mean "sheep islands." There used to be another sheep breed on the islands, called Dímunar seyðurin, that was smaller and more goat-like in appearance. It lived a feral existence on the island of Lítla Dímun, but all specimens of this breed were shot in the 19th century.[2]

Faroese goose[edit]

Main article: Faroese Goose

The Faroese goose is a small goose, probably brought to the islands by the Landnám, and is probably the oldest form of tame goose in Europe. It can survive without supplementary feed, but most people give it some food during the winter and during egg laying. [3]

Faroese duck[edit]

The Faroese duck is a small, hardy duck, when slaughtered only weighing 3 pounds.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Faroese pony Cit. 15-10-2011
  2. ^ "Faeroes". ansi.okstate.edu. Oklahoma State University Dept. of Animal Science. 
  3. ^ "Faroese goose". 2010-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Tame Birds of the Faroes". 2010-12-18.