Breed: Pecora Sarda
Species: Ovis aries
Color/Pattern: White wool and face
Average Height: 24 inches
Average Weight: 92 pounds
Region of Origin: Sardinia, Italy
Over the years, the Sarda sheep has spread beyond its namesake island. Today, it’s found across Italy and is preferred by many shepherds for its mix of high milk volume and all-around adaptability, thriving in both lowland and mountainous terrain. Its rich, high-fat milk is extremely popular in the country, and is used to make many of Italy’s pecorino cheeses, including sheep’s milk ricotta and Pecorino Sardo—a richer, saltier cousin of Pecorino Romano made exclusively from Sarda sheep’s milk.