The Coburger Fuchsschaf, known as the Coburg Fox sheep, are native to Germany.
They are well-known for their unique red/brown colour, sometimes golden, which is very prominent at birth. This red/brown colour remains only on the head and legs of the animal, upon maturity. Their legs are free of wool, while they have long, wide ears. They are hornless breed.
Rams weigh on average between 80 to 100kgs, while ewes can weigh up to 75kgs. Ewes have an average of two lambs every pregnancy, while both rams and ewes produce high amounts of wool yearly (Rams up to 5kgs, ewes up to 4kgs).
As mentioned, the breed was almost wiped from existence after world war two. Prior to that, they were to be found in abundant numbers. In the 1980’s there were only two registered breeders remaining. Conservation efforts ensured and by 1993, there were only 1,200 breeding ewes left and just 50 breeding rams.
The Coburg Fox sheep are known for their distinctive red/brown colouring and it’s no surprise. Thankfully the world can still gaze upon their beauty, no war can eliminate them.