American Cotswold Record Association

The Original Registry Of Purebred Cotswold Sheep

About Cotswold Sheep

(Background of this page is an actual photo of super-lustrous Cotswold fleece)


About Cotswold Sheep
Where To Get
Breed Standard
Cotswold Origins
How-To Articles
Site Map
Black Cotswold Breed
Official Documents
Bob Gillis: "Mr. Cotswold"

The Cotswold is a large white-wooled breed of sheep (mature ewes 175 to 230 lbs.; mature rams 250 to 300+ lbs.) whose faces are white, or lightly mottled with either gray or tan hair.  Cotswold sheep are polled (hornless), and normally have black hooves and occasionally small black spots on the ears.

This is how the Cotswold breed of sheep has been described for about 500 years, and depictions in paintings and other artwork confirm it for about 200 years more; allusions to Cotswold traits in ancient histories and archeological artifacts go back 2400 to 3000 years.

For well over 130 years, all legitimately registered Cotswold sheep have answered the above description. However, for about 20 years the Black Cotswold--a separate breed---has also had its own registry and pedigrees.  Between these two breeds, the Cotswold and the Black Cotswold, all requirements in hardy longwool sheep are met.

For many centuries the Cotswold breed of sheep has been famous for these 9 traits:

Last Updated: 05/09/2011
2009 by the American Cotswold Record Association
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