Welsh Mountain sheep

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A White Welsh Mountain ewe

Welsh Mountain sheep (Welsh: Defaid (sing;"Dafad") Mynydd Cymreig, pronounced [ˈdevaɪd ˈmənɪð ˈkəmrɛɨɡ]) are small, hardy sheep from the higher parts of the Welsh mountains.[1] The males have horns, and the females are polled (hornless); they have no wool on the face or legs, and they have long tails (normally left undocked).

There are a number of varieties, bred for sheep farming in Wales. These are mainly colour variations, but some are being developed as separate breeds.


  • White Welsh Mountain sheep, all-white. The most common variety in the Welsh Mountains; also kept elsewhere.
  • Badger Face Welsh Mountain (Defaid Idloes, [ˈdevaɪd ˈɪdlɔɪs]). Two varieties:
    • Torddu ([tɔrˈðiː], "black-bellied"), white with dark face and belly.
    • Torwen ([tɔrˈwɛn], "white-bellied"), black with white belly and white stripes over the eyes.
  • Balwen Welsh Mountain, black (fading to brown in sunlight and greying with age) with white blaze on face, white socks on legs below hocks and part-white tail.
  • Black Welsh Mountain (Defaid Mynydd Duon, [ˈdevaɪd ˈmənɪð ˈdɪɔn]), all-black. Many flocks of white Welsh Mountains have one or two black sheep, but they are now also bred as a consistent black variety.
  • South Wales Mountain. Similar to other Welsh Mountains, but rather larger. White, with tan markings on legs and face, and a brown collar.


  1. ^ "Welsh Mountain". Sheep Breeds V-Z. Sheep101.info. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 

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