Posted Nov 18, 2011
As an ancient breed, the Babydolls are said to have fewer digestive and foot problems than modern breeds. I find I have to trim feet at least every 3-4 months, though our sheep are kept on pasture, and this would likely be different if they were kept on hard, rocky surface. They are also noted as being easy lambers. In my previous 2 lambing seasons, I have chosen to be in the barn to monitor the ewes when in labour. I have had to assist with a few of the births, and this went easily. The Babydoll's fleece is in the same micron range as cashmere, making it soft and valuable. Many people keep the sheep as "wool growers". Wethers (neutered males) are great wool producers, as they put all their energy into producing great wool. As the breed is rare, they are not mainly raised as meat sheep. Their original purpose in England in the late 1800's was for meat, though at this point I can not comment on the value of the Babydolls as meat sheep.
Babydoll ewes are not ready to be bred until they are at least 18 months old. As seasonal breeders, ewes are in heat when days start to get shorter in the fall, typically from August to February. A ewe goes into heat every 17 days (on average). Babydolls ewes are highly sought after, making them hard to get ahold of, and typically being put on a waiting list (if in Canada and internationally).
Ewes (females) grow to 18" - 24" tall and typically weigh between 60lb-80lb. Rams (males) grow to the same height, though can weigh up to about 120lb. Lambs are born typically weighing 4lb - 11lb.