Auckland, New Zealand
Posted Mar 24, 2011
We are new to sheep and have owned our Dorpers the last four months. We chose Dorpers because they are self-shedding, which means three important things. First, you don't have to shear them, they just lose their hair around the paddock (usually by rubbing against fences). Second, you don't have to dag them very often because they don't have a mass of wool around their bums. Third, they are far less prone to flystrike, where flies lay eggs in the wool and the maggots burrow down into the skin (a really horrible condition, I'm told). So, as low maintenance sheep go, these guys are great.
All our boys were castrated when we got them and so they're much smaller than their dad. They have become very tame just by feeding them a few grain nuts every few days. Even though two were very aloof at the start, hand feeding them means they now run up to me when I call "Woolies!" and let me rub their heads and noses. They are very cute!
I would definitely recommend this breed to anyone looking for a few sheep as pets. They are resistant to heat and cold, sun and rain, and just require a two-monthly drenching and toe-nail clipping... no shearing!