Debouillet Sheep Characteristics, Origin, Uses

The Debouillet sheep is a breed of domestic sheep from United States. It was originated from Tatum, New Mexico.

It was actually developed by crossing Delaine and Rambouillet sheep in the 1920s. Actually name of this breed is a portmanteau of these two ancestors.

Today the breed is raised mainly for wool production, and it is well adapted to the range conditions of the southwestern part of United States.

Read some more information about the Debouillet sheep in the following chart.

Debouillet Sheep Characteristics

The Debouillet sheep are medium to large sized animals. They have long and fine wool, and have white hair on the face and legs.

The rams may or many not have horns, but the ewes are always polled. As a medium to large sized animal, average live body weight of the mature Debouillet ewes is between 57 and 73 kg.

And the mature ram’s average live body weight vary from 79 to 113 kg. Photo and info from and Wikipedia.


The Debouillet sheep is a wool sheep breed. It is raised mainly for wool production.

Special Notes

The Debouillet sheep are very strong and hardy animals. They are especially very hardy under arid conditions. They are gregarious, adaptable to unassisted pasture lambing and produced a high quality fine-wool fleece with a deep, close crimp.

Mature ewe’s fleece will usually weight from 4.5 to 8.1 kg, with a 35 to 50 percent yield. The stable length of the fleece of the Debouillet sheep is from 3 to 5 inches with a numerical count of 62 to 80 which is 18.5 to 23.5 mm diameter.

The Debouillet sheep breed is highly valued for it’s wool production. The ewes have very strong maternal instinct. Today, the breed is raised mainly for wool production. However, review full breed profile of this breed in the following chart.

Breed NameDebouillet
Other NameNone
Breed PurposeMainly wool
Special NotesVery beautiful animals, striking appearance, especially well adapted to their local environments, very strong and hardy, very hardy under arid conditions, high quality and fine fleece, the ewes have very good and strong maternal instinct, very good for quality wool production
Breed SizeMedium to large
WeightMature rams body weight is between 79 and 113 kg, and average live body weight of the mature ewes vary from 57 to 73 kg
HornsRams may or may not be horned, but the ewes are always polled
Climate ToleranceLocal climates
Country/Place of OriginUnited States

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