Heidschnucke are a fairly small sheep, initially originating
from Niedersachsen in Germany. There are several varieties of Heidschnucke
sheep: the grey horned Heidschnucke, the white horned Heidschnucke, and the
moorschnucke (marsh sheep). At one time, the Heidschnucke were the most
important sheep in northern Germany, but their numbers have declined substantially.
Lambs are black at birth, but their fleece discolors their
first year of life, until it gets its characteristic grey color. Both rams and
ewes have beautiful horns. Lambing percentage is usually low, only about 100