Navajo Churro sheep are primitive old breed of sheep that are descendents of the Churra sheep from Iberia. The name churro came from the butchering of the name by american frontiersmen. The churra sheep were highly regarded by the Spanish. They were the first domesticated sheep in the new world.
This primitive breed was rare at one time due to breeding with finer wools, but has made a comeback thanks to cooperative breeding programs such as the Navajo Sheep Project (info from OK State University).
Navajo Churro’s are primative (unimproved ) breed of sheep. They have long legs and narrow bodies. They are a lean sheep and can be horned ( or polycerate) or polled with no wool around on the face or legs. Some may have wattles. Navajo Churro rams weight about 120-175 pds and the ewe’s weight in at about 85 to 120 pds.
The colors of Navajo Churro’s can vary there are patterns such as badgerface, piebald, and others the variety seems endless. Here are a few examples.
This nose was too cute to leave out.
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