Also Known By: Fulani, Peul, Bali-Bali, Maure, Tuareg, Guinea Long-legged, Sahelian, West African Long-legged

These sheep are found primarily in the countries of Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad. They are found north of the West African Dwarf. It is a drier region of west Africa. When compared to the West African Dwarf the main difference is that the Sahel-type sheep are taller, heavier, of poor mutton conformation and rams do not have a throat ruff or mane. Mature ewes weigh over 35 kg. The Sahel-type are usually white, white and brown, or white and black with lop ears. The males display a long twisting pattern to the horns and the females are usually polled. Taken from six studies, the average litter size was 1.12.


Mason, I.L. World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds. Third Edition. C.A.B International. 1988

Thomas, D.L., Hair Sheep Genetic Resource of the Americas. Proceedings Hair Sheep Research Symposium (ed. Stephan Wildeus). 1991. University of the Virgin Islands.


Hair Sheep of Western Africa and the Americas: A Genetic Resource for the Tropics. (H.A. Fitzhugh and G.E. Bradford, eds.), A Winrock International Study, 1983.

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