Dalesbred sheep are found in the Upper Wharfdale and Central
Pennines in England. They were developed from the Swaledale and Scottish
Dalesbred are a hill sheep with a black face and distinctive white
marks on each side of their nostrils with their nose-end becoming grey. Their
legs also have clear black and white markings. The average mature ewe weighs up
to 45-60kg, rams 55-75kg (depending on environment). Dalesbred
wool is typically of carpet quality. Their fleece is curly on the outside with
a dense undercoat.
Dalesbred sheep are very adaptable to climatic changes and
can survive in the harsh environmental conditions. Dalesbred ewes are often
crossed with Teeswater rams to produce the Masham which is one of the most
famous of British crossbreeds.