Olde English Babydoll Sheep are a heritage breed that had all but disappeared. There are not many to be found, although some of us are working to change that. Babydolls are known for their docile dispositions. Being small in stature and easy to handle they make wonderful pets but are also used as grass mowers, weed trimers in vineyards, orchards and make the perfect 4H project. They require less acreage per animal compared to the other breeds of sheep. They are excellent mothers and are known for having multiple births. Their wool is exceptional and a spinners and felters' delight.
The following are some typical requirements for successful sheep raising (from the North American Babydoll Sheep Association and Registry--known as NABSSAR):
A 3-sided shelter to protect sheep and lambs from rain, sleet, snow. or wind;
About an acre of good, improved grass pasture per 5 ewes and their lambs, and good predator-proof fencing; possibly a Livestock Guardian Dog, or guard donkey or guard Llama;
One or more good general sheep husbandry books such as Storey's Guide to Sheep Raising and Laura Lawson's Lambing Problems and Managing Your Ewe;
The dedication to get outside twice a day to check on the sheep and to feed and water as necessary;
A place for storage of hay and grain;
Hoof trimmers, hand shears, halters, buckets, and a sheep-specific, loose salt mineral supplement;
Periodic hoof trimming, deworming, shearing and yearly vaccinations are standard care;
If you take the time to regularly handle your sheep they will easily tame down, walk on leashes, and enjoy socializing with people.
I always have baking soda out for them as it helps with bloat!