Red Sheep (Domestic) are gregarious, sometimes gathering in
herds of over 100 individuals. In some species, mature males
stay apart from the females and the young for most of the year.
In both the old and New World, the rut occurs mainly in the
autumn and early winter, and births take place in the spring.
and archeological evidence indicates that the Domestic sheep
is descended from a mouflon-like animal and that domestication
occurred about 10,000 - 11,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean
Wild sheep has a woolly coat comparable to that of Domestic
sheep. There are now more than 800 breeds of Domestic sheep.
Domestic sheep have adversely affected its wild relatives in
many areas by competing with them for forage and spreading disease.
Wild species have also declined through agricultural encroachment,
other human habitat modifications, as well as by indiscriminate
develop wool breeds for superior wool quantity. Breeders of
dual purpose wool class sheep concentrate on fast growth, multiple
births, ease of lambing and hardiness.
sheep (Ovis aries) exist worldwide in association with
sheep are usually found in upland areas. Red Sheep or Mouflin
are found in Armenia, S Azerbaijan, N Iraq, W Iran, and S and
E turkey; transported populations (Mouflon) on Corsica and Sardinia,
introduced from there to Europe, Ukraine (Crimea), USA (incl.
Hawaiian Isls), Chile, Kerguelen Isls, and Tenerife (Canary
Isls); and on Cyprus. They are domesticated worldwide; feral
populations on St. Kilda and other small islands off the British
Isles; improved domestic stock feral in Norway, Sweden, USA,
islands off coasts of United Kingdom and New Zealand, Kerguelen
Isls, and probably other oceanic islands.