Six Wags Over Texas
Harlequin sheep for sale
Harlequin Sheep: an American breed
The breed known today as the Harlequin sheep was developed over the last 30 years. In fact, it continues to evolve as we continue to increase the breedng pool to include miniature Babydoll Southdowns bred to sheep descended from the original Black Sheep Farm or Black Sheep Farm East stock as evidenced by registration papers.
The goal of the Harlequin registry is to produce a sheep with the size and conformation of the Southdown breeds with a fleece that is varied in color, length and staple. As with Southdowns, there are standard size and miniature Harlequins. That being said, the Harlequin sheep breed standard is only 1" taller at the shoulders than the Babydolls.
"Harleys" as they are affectionately known are like Babydolls, friendly and calm. They are very easy lambers and integrate well with other sheep. This is one exciting breed to keep on your radar and as more blue eyed babies are born and the sheep size "shrinks" with additional Babydoll blood.
Harlequin sheep are naturally friendly
Now that we've had experience with the Harlequins, I can truly say they are somehow genetically predisposed to being friendly. Whether adult or lamb, they seem to want to interact with people upon every contact. I often tell people that their personalities are much like goats without being pests. Everytime someone comes out of the door, the Harleys are the first to walk over to see what is going on.
What is a "Harleydoll"?
In 2013 we began to cross breed our Babydoll Southdown sheep to the Harlequin sheep. We now have what we call "Harleydolls" - our kind of sub-set of the breed - but still registered as Foundation sheep with the Harlequin sheep registry. While some people shy away from cross breeding the Babydoll Southdowns with Harlequins, I see it as helping to develop a wonderful new breed.
Our first Harlequin lamb this season arrived on December 24th!!
Babydoll Southdown Sheep
Six Wags Over Texas began our venture into rare breed miniature sheep in 2009 with a small flock from New Mexico. This year (2014) we celebrate our sixth year of breeding purebred Babydoll Southdown sheep.
All of our sheep are registered with NABSSAR (North American Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association and Registry) and some are dual registered with the OEBR (Olde English Babydoll Registry). Each year we produce 18-30 lambs in both black and off-white fleece offering them to select homes as our Babydoll sheep for sale. At times we offer adult breeding groups to change out our bloodlines to continue to offer a pool of new stock to existing and potential owners.
In addition to Babydoll Southdown sheep, we are now the only breeder of registered Harlequin sheep in TX. Since we have fewer of the rare Harlequin sheep breed, there are usually only five to six Harlequin sheep for sale each season. You can read more about both breeds under their pages shown to the right or from the top menu.
We take great pride in providing the best experience and education possible for potential new shepherds. You can be assured that you'll receive the best service possible before and after the sale. We are always available to answer your questions and provide guidance and valuable resources to enhance your sheep ownership experience.
As our registry NABSSAR says: "Start your day with a smile; own a Babydoll"
- "Hobby farming" is on the rise in the US as a means to break from the "rat race" of everyday life.
- Sheep provide a welcome relief from a good portion of property taxes when you have the intent to breed and sell them or their products.
- Many health benefits are realized by working with animals - lower blood pressure is a benefit of being near these peaceful creatures
- Enjoy natural workouts while tending to your sheep!
Establishing a "hobby farm" was the best decision of my life. After 10 years on the road as an IT consultant I have finally found my true purpose in life. Sheep allow me to nuture, learn the scientific and practical aspects of farming and meet people from many walks of life. There's nothing better than seeing my husband Chuck relax from the stress of running our business on the weekends with a lamb walking at his side.
Jill Christopher, Six Wags Over Texas
Caring for Sheep Basics
Sheep need a few things in place to keep them safe and healthy. The items listed below are based on my experiences only.
- Fencing - at least 48" high
- Shelter - at least 3 sided, or a full barn stall
- Predator protection: we have 2 Great Pyrenees who were rescues
- Clean water source
- Vet with sheep experience
- Hay/Quality food source to supplement any grass they may have access to
- Shearer/Hoof care