How would it feel to see a four-legged, fluffy, pitch-black creature in a white hood on the greeny mountain? Are they cute or scary? These Valais Blacknose sheep are hard to decide between.
The Blacknosed Swiss, Visp, and Visperchaf are all names for this German sheep breed. It is a coarse-wooled sheep breed that is raised for wool and meat. They are black in appearance, with white wool. Their wool is not what makes them so famous. Their extremely dark faces are what makes them famous. Many people believe that the grim reaper is looking at them in white clothes, but they are not wearing them. Both males and women have spiral horns.
They are a mountain breed and can graze on stony grasslands. They were first recognized in 1400. However, they were first recorded as a breed in 1962. The Valais Blacknose was initially only found in the Valais region, Switzerland. This was until the breed was introduced to the United Kingdom in 2014 and the United States in 2016.
Northumberland farmer says, “No one outside Switzerland knew these sheep existed until two years back because they live inside the Swiss mountains and spend the winter living above the glaciers.”
One netizen saw a photo of a Valaise Blacknose and said it was the first time he had seen one. “I had to have one.”