Valais Blacknose sheep are the latest pet craving and everyone wants one!
The sheep are an adorable breed native to Switzerland and they're known for their black faces and markings, as well as their spiral horns.
Now, sheep are already cute animals, but this breed from Switzerland is undoubtedly the cutest sheep in the world. The Valais Blacknose originates from the mountains of Valais and has become domesticated over the years. Remarkably, they have been documented since the 15th century but wasn't until 1962 that they became a regulated breed. They're now not only known for their adorable appearance but also their dog-like personality.
The breed is currently in high demand due to their increased desirability over the last few years. Due to their friendly disposition and calm nature, they make wonderful pets. But, of course, it's their appearance that has captured the hearts of everyone that lays eyes on them. Their distinctive faces are framed by their adorable white fluffy curls. Aside from their face, they also have black ears, knees, and feet. Surprisingly, both males and females have spiral horns.
For centuries the Valais Blacknose could only be found in Switzerland, however, in recent years they've been imported into other countries.
They were imported into the U.K back in 2014 and can now be found in many areas across the country. Breeding programs are also underway in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. However, USDA rules mean they would have to undergo crossbreeding to eventually get as pure a breed as possible, as they don't allow for the importation of live sheep.
Previous restrictions on importing ovine into the U.S. have kept the sheep away from American markets, but the restrictions have recently been relaxed, finally allowing importation of frozen semen, meaning we will be seeing these cute sheep over here in the U.S. soon enough.
And people are very excited by this prospect...
"God, my biggest dream is to own one of these sheep. Sheep are literally my spirit animal - and I think they're rather therapeutic to be around, like an emotional support animal," one YouTube commenter wrote.
Another commented: "How I wish to have one of these sheep, unfortunately, I don't have space."
However, not everyone likes the idea of keeping these sheep as pets...
"Not a good idea to start thinking sheep make good pets. These are farm animals imported from Switzerland. There has already have been lambs stolen from fields in Britain and I don't doubt it is some stupid people who think they would make good pets. This is not a good trend and the likes of the RSPCA or similar should get involved to stop this latest unsuitable trend. I will wait for the predictable replies to this."
Would you want a sheep as a pet?