The Portland, once common in Dorset, is now one of England's rarest breeds. The Portland
was one of the breeds used in the development of the Dorset breed.
Portland are small. It is free of wool on the face and lower legs which are tan. The lambs are born fox red in color and lighten
to either white or gray during the first few months of life. Both sexes are horned
with the ram's horns having a heavy spiral. This breed will also sometimes breed out
The staple length of the wool is 6-9 cm with a spinning count of 50's to 56's. The
average fleece weight is between 2-3 kg.
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