My Little Sheep: Miniature Cheviots


Sue WeaverMy little sheep are the reason I wrote Storey’s Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock. Before we moved to the Ozarks, I helped a friend in Minnesota tend her sheep. Her first flock consisted of full-size Cheviots and the second, Jacobs. They were lovely sheep, but a handful to handle for doctoring, hoof trims and shearing.

So, in 2003 when I decided I’d like to raise sheep, I knew I wanted a fairly small breed. I admired my friend’s Cheviots, so when I heard of a woman disbanding her flock of Miniature Cheviots (in favor of alpacas) I thought, “That’s for me!”

Baasha was my first (and best) sheep, she is 13 years old here

I bought her best, middle-aged ewe, Brighton Ridge Farms #59 “Baasha,” and a weanling ram. It turned out to be the wisest purchase of my life. Now, though Baasha is gone, virtually all of my sheep are her descendants (visit my Dreamgoat Annie website and click on Sheep to see them). Baasha is honored as a foundation ewe by the newly formed American Classic Cheviot Sheep Association.

Wolf Moon Findabar a.k.a. Shebaa is grandaughter to Baasha and one of my best ewes.

Cheviots are an ancient British breed. In 1372, historical record refers to a “small, but very hardy” race of sheep grazing the bleak Cheviot Hills between Scotland and England.

Kelly Erwin
2/25/2012 8:12:11 PM

My son is thinking of getting a breeding pair for his FFA project. We live in Missouri. Where would we go to buy a pair?

Andrea Ridout
1/19/2011 10:15:48 PM

Hi Sue, I enjoyed reading your info on the sheep. A friend and I are thinking of starting a small flock here in Texas. How do you think they would fare in the heat? Thanks, Andrea :)

Sue Weaver
3/22/2010 9:20:40 AM

Hi Hank, Coyotes are a problem here and on weekends we also have a few roaming dogs to contend with (weekenders don't watch their pets closely enough), so we bring our sheep and goats into smaller, more securely fenced paddocks at night. These paddocks are close to the house so we can keep an eye on things. We also have an LGD, a humongous Anatolian-Pyrenees named Feyza, who takes her work very seriously. She's four now and we're thinking seriously of hiring her an apprentice to train pretty soon. We like the Anatolian-Pyr cross and might get another, or possibly a purebred Anatolian. Like all LGDs, Feyza works by barking much of the night but when the timbre of her bark changes, that alerts our house dogs and we let them out in our fenced dog yard to add to the racket. It works. We've never lost an animal to predators since we came here (going on eight years in May). Sue

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