The forest sheep is an endangered domestic sheep breed. The forest sheep is regarded as a descendant of the “Zaupelschaf” and has always been kept only in small flocks for self-sufficiency in wool, meat and skins.
The forest sheep is a small to medium-sized sheep, predominantly white. However, there are also black, grey, brown and piebald animals. Both sexes can be either horned or unhorned, they are fine-limbed and have a long woolly tail.
Forest sheep are not suitable for milking, as they have too small udders and therefore no storage volume.
A characteristic feature of forest sheep is their mixed wool, which consists of coarse short hair, long or Awn hair and very fine wool fibres (undercoat).