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St. Jacob’s Sheep

All people know that sheep are such a lovely curly animals with two crimped horns or no horns at all. But not everyone knows that there are sheep which have many horns. They are manyhorned sheep. They usually have four or even six horns. And sometimes the horns develop asymmetrically, with one horn on the one side of the head and two or even three horns on the other side of the head.

St. Jacob’s sheep are unique and rare animals because they have four horns on the head. Two horns grow like the horns of the sheep and the other two like the horns of goats. They are also called Jacob.

This breed is now widely distributed in England, as a decorative one. It prefers dry high terrain, and feels the best in the mountainous areas of Scotland. It feeds on a variety of herbaceous vegetation and is very fond of salt. The life expectancy is about 12-18 years.

St. Jacob’s sheep is an ancient and rare breed. This breed is unpretentious to forage and weather conditions. They are good-natured. The history of this breed goes back centuries, and instead of accurate data on the origin, we have to deal with the legends. It is believed that this breed of sheep Saint James received from his father-in-law. And his descendants (together with the sheep) settled in North Africa, Spain and England. According to another legend, the ancestors of these sheep were brought to England by the Vikings. That's why these sheep have so thick, rough coat and such independent character. Skeptics argue that this can not be true, because St. Jacob’s sheep are long-tailed and Viking’s sheep are short-tailed. The third legend says that the sheep were brought from Spain, and there is even a local name for the breed "Spanish sheep."

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