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Dorset Sheep

Overall satisfaction

4.5/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: Male

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

5/5

Tolerance for heat

3/5

Tolerance for cold

3/5

Meat production

N/A

Milk production

N/A

Fleece quality

N/A

Commercial value

N/A

A Docile Companion

By

United States

Posted Dec 03, 2014

Only after having a sheep did I understand why they are often used in illustrations as symbols of helplessness and loyalty.

While living on a 25 acre farm we obtained a Dorset from a neighbor. Right away he made himself at home, munching on the grass and excess pears in the yard. He was so docile and loyal. Whenever we went to the orchard to pick persimmons, he would be right there by our sides. He made it clear when he felt like the puppies were getting too close, but that’s the only time his bleats got loud enough to cause alarm. There were times when in a playful mood, he would sneak behind you and nudge you, as if to say, “hey let’s go do something fun”. Kids loved him and he always welcomed a nice scratch on the head.

There’s a well-known illustration that compares individuals who feel lost and alone as sheep without a shepherd. How fitting this is. Sheep are loyal and want to feel protected. Their nature is to remain close to any being that is bigger and stronger than them. For the sheep owner, a compassionate, caring personality is essential. It is touching to see them respond in turn.

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