With a fluffy white wool coat and a black furry face, there is no doubt as to why the award for the world’s cutest sheep breed should go to the Valais Blacknose. These sheep are found in Valais, Switzerland, which is a mountainous state. They have a very thick fluffy coat that allows them to survive harsh winters. Even though these animals originated in the 15th century, it was only in 1962 that they were recognized as a breed.

Their fluffy fur isn’t the only reason that they are special. These sheep are also well known for their friendliness and are sociable with humans when compared to other breeds. The main reason these sheep were originally raised was for their wool. But with time they became popular due to their good temperament and mysterious appearance.

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Swiss farmers treat Valais Blacknose sheep as part of the family. Even people around the world have adopted these creatures as pets. They are recognized as fashionable sheep with a very high global demand. Their calm demeanor and friendly nature make them great pets.

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When analyzing their physical characteristics, their ears, knees, face, and feet are black in color and surrounded by curly thick wool. They even have spiral horns. Even though there was a decline in the Valais Blacknose population in the 20th century, 40 years ago the population began increasing once again. Their worldwide numbers are estimated to be less than 20,000 which makes them a rare breed of sheep.

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Community farmers even organize shows and contests that feature these adorable sheep. One such famous event is the Annual Shepherd Festival which takes place in Switzerland. This event attracts so many people from around the world. The Valais Blacknose is a popular icon of the Valais Canton region in Switzerland. One look at this beautiful creature and you will understand why.

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