Dala Fur, known as Dala
palsfar, sheep originated in Sweden and are one of several sheep
breeds that are remnants of the old Swedish landrace breed. They are a
Northern European short-tailed sheep breed.
Dala Fur sheep are short but
very hardy. They are used for both meat and wool production.
The wool is very curly and finer than most
sheep breeds. The lambs were traditionally slaughtered at 2 months and 10 days
of age to be used for the costumes. The white fleece was preferred
of this use, and still today most of the Dala Fur sheep are
with wool production, the breed is also very good for quality
Today, it is pretty rare. There
were only 160 heads in 2000, 95 in 2002 and
around 2006 animals were available in 2006.