The Dorset Down originated in England around 1800 by mating Southdown rams with the
large Hampshire Down (Hampshire), Berkshire and Wiltshire ewes. The breed was introduced to Australia
in 1937, but has not gained great popularity.
The Dorset Down is quick maturing, robust breed. Its main role is as a terminal sire
for prime lamb production. Number, and hence selection potential, are small.
Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation, 1989, 3rd