Miniature Babydoll Southdown Sheep
Miniature Sheep are ruminants and have four-chambered stomachs. They are cud-chewing animals. Male sheep are called rams. Female sheep are called ewes. Miniature Sheep mate from August to December. It takes a female sheep five months to have a baby lamb. Miniature Sheep give birth only one time a year, usually in the spring. They often have twins and occasionally triplets. The baby lambs are usually weaned between eight to twelve weeks old. Here at Tanglewood, because the mama sheep are so tiny, we supplement feeding the lambs with milk bottles along with the babies naturally drinking from their mamas.

All of the breeds here at Tanglewood are registered with “closed” breed registries that maintain the accuracy and integrity of each breed and their identification, lineage and measurements.   This is different from “open” registries that take any animal and do not have the “family tree” to trace lineage and origins. Those of us that have been breeders for 30 years plus, we have on our registration papers, the original “foundation” bloodlines which are the purest of the breeds. Robert Mock who passed in 2012 was passionate about saving the “Babydoll” Southdown Sheep and started the Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep registry.

Miniature Sheep live 15 to 16 years. They are quiet and gentle. They love weeds, honeysuckle and kudzu. Miniature Sheep help farmers clean ground in vineyards, high bush fruit fields, and small orchards. They are small enough not to damage the fruit and do not eat the bark off trees. They keep down weeds, insects, and leave behind all that fertilizer!

Miniature Babydoll Southdown Sheep for Sale

Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing one of our Miniatures or Rare Breeds.

Black Babydoll Ewe Lamb

Sweet TINY bottle fed baby girl. Used in school programs. Very friendly. Comes when you call. Shots, dewormed.

W/O Papers $1000.

With Papers $1800.

SOLD

Miniature Babydoll Sheep – Black

Black Male Babydoll Lambs $500-700
Black Female Babydoll Lambs $1200-1350
Bottle Fed Add $150-$200

For Sale

Miniature Babydoll Sheep – White

White Male Babydoll Lambs $500-700
White Female Babydoll Lambs $1200-1350
Bottle Fed Add $150-$200

For Sale

Miniature Babydoll Sheep – White

White Male Babydoll Lambs $500-700
White Female Babydoll Lambs $1200-1350
Bottle Fed Add $150-$200

For Sale

Learn About Miniature Babydoll Southdown Sheep

Southdown Sheep originated around the late 1700’s in the Southdown hills of Sussex County, England. They were popular because of their extreme hardiness and they produced a carcass with tenderness and good flavored meat unmatched by any other breed. They are one of the oldest of the English breeds of sheep.

Southdown Sheep were imported to the United States in 1803. However, the demand for larger cuts of meat almost forced the breed into extinction. In 1986, Robert Mock began searching for the sheep with the original bloodlines that formed the original Southdown and only 350 miniature sheep were all that could be traced to still exist. To distinguish these small sheep from the larger modern Southdown, Mr. Mock named them “Olde English Babydoll Southdowns”. To keep this line pure, a registry was formed the “Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep Registry”. Only after the many exhaustive efforts to form a foundation registry to preserve the original miniature sheep, the numbers of sheep have gained resurgence.

The registry breed standards are a height of 24 inches or less at the shoulder without wool when fully mature at age two. Babydolls get their name from their attractive teddy bear faces. Neither males nor females have horns. White is the predominant color, however, there are a few blacks. Their wool is short, stapled and fine. Fleece tests at 19-20 microns which puts it in the class of cashmere. It has more barbs per inch than any other wool types and makes it ideal to blend with mohair, angora, or alpaca to make a stronger yarn without losing softness. It also felts well. Here at Tanglewood Farm, our “Miniature” Babydoll Sheep are much smaller than the standard average size and we have focused our breeding for best temperament, conformation and health and the finest fiber. Ours average 18 inches tall. Most breeders raise Babydolls averaging 20 to 24 inches.  Our ewes average 75 pounds whereas other breeders with taller 24” sheep average 120 to 140 pounds with rams reaching 240 pounds. Our breeding program is to preserve those tiny bloodlines with respect to the Olde English Babydoll Registry breed standards.

Foundation Miniature Babydoll Southdown Sheep

Abraham

Miniature Babydoll Sheep

Abraham Male

Bathsheba

Miniature Babydoll Sheep

Bathsheba Female

Jemima

 Jemima

Miniature Babydoll Sheep

Jemima Female

Kerenhappuch

Miniature Babydoll Sheep

Kerenhappuch Female

Kezia

Kezia

Miniature Babydoll Sheep

Kezia Female

Lamentations

Lamentations

Miniature Babydoll Sheep

Lamentations Female

Sarah

Sarah

Miniature Babydoll Sheep

Sarah Female