About Litla Dimun Sheep
Litla Dimun sheep were a primitive, short-tailed, small,
black, short-wooled breed of sheep that lived in Litla Dimun (a small island between the islands of Suouroy
and Stora Dimun in the Faroe Islands of Denmark). They became extinct
during the mid-19th century.
They were a feral sheep, probably derived from the earliest
sheep brought to Northern Europe in the Neolithic Period. The last of these
sheep were shot in the 1860s.
They were similar in appearance and origin to the surviving
Soay sheep, from the island of Soay in the St. Kilda archipelago off the west
coast of Scotland. The sheep now living on Litla Dimun are Faroes sheep, a more