Coburger Fuchsschaf are a breed of landrace sheep that were
In the 19th century Coburger Fuchsschaf populated the
European hilly ranges abundantly. These red fox-colored sheep could be found
under names that indicated their color or living area, such as Golden Fox,
Eisfelder Fox Sheep, Eifeler Sheep, Ardenais Solognotes, or Rousse Tetes. In
the beginning of the 20th century, 60% of the sheep in the German Coburg area
were Coburger Fuchsschaf with the red fox-colored heads, but by World War II
they were nearly extinct.
It took Otto Stritzel, a breeder and weaver from Bavaria to
publicize the favorable characteristics of the Fuchsschaf, which laid the
foundation for its continued existence. The Coburger Fuchsschaf is frugal,
hardy, and prolific. Longevity and non-fussiness of food make it a perfect
choice for keeping on rough hilly ranges. It is possible to breed them three
times in two years. The specialty of the Coburger Fuchsschaf is its long wool.
Lambs are born with a dark red-brown fleece that lightens at age 6-12 months