Shetland sheep originate on the Shetland Islands off of Scotland.
They come in one of the widest ranges of color of any sheep. They also come in a variety of color patterns. They are considered a “primitive” breed, as they are just as they were centuries ago, unchanged as many modern sheep breeds are. They are small and very hardy. They are good foragers and are easy to keep and work with.Their fleeces are soft and an excellent choice for handspinning. They are listed as recovering by The Livestock Conservancy.