Leineschaf Sheep

About Leineschaf SheepAbout Leineschaf Sheep

Leineschaf, or Leine, sheep comes from the region of Nordheim (Hannover), in particular from the Leine river valley (hence the name).

They were created through crossbreeding of local breeds with Friesian, Merino, and Berrichon du Cher rams as well as rams of the English Leicester, and Cotswold breeds. In effect, a white hornless sheep of the dual purpose type was obtained. Medium-early maturing with uniform medium coarse wool, it is a hardy and healthy breed, well adapted to difficult conditions and to walking over long distances. In Germany, the breed is nearly extinct.