My name is Tatiana, but my friends and family call me Tutta. I love writing articles that bring a little creativity to everyday life.
For the Love of Sheep
My mother grew up on a thousand-acre farm in the Midwest, and her favorite animals then, and still to this day, are the precious baby lambs. She can go on for hours talking about how playful they are, how gentle they are, how adorable they are, and how sweet their cry for their mama is. Let's just say, there are many reasons to adore these gentle little animals!
Of course, my mom grew up with these little guys all around, but did you know it's possible to care for sheep of your own, even if you don't live on a farm? If you happen to adore sheep as much as my mom does, you're in luck, because owning a pet sheep might be more possible than you ever realized!
Things to Know Before Getting a Pet Sheep
Before you bring home your first sheep, there are some things you should think about first. Here are some frequently asked questions about owning and caring for a pet sheep.
Can I keep a sheep as a pet?
Absolutely, any breed of sheep can make an excellent pet. Keep in mind, they are considered livestock, so you'll need to make sure your neighborhood/city allows livestock to be kept as pets.
Can you house-train a sheep?
If you're interested in keeping your pet sheep indoors, then you should know that the easiest way to house-break them is while they're still young. A bottle-fed lamb is much easier to house-break, while an adult sheep would likely be very difficult and worth avoiding.
How many acres do you need for a sheep?
Sheep, much like goats, don't need a lot of land to be happy. One acre can be home to up to a half dozen sheep, while flocks of 100 or more can be kept on 30 acres.
Can you keep one sheep?
You can, but you shouldn't. Sheep are social animals and thrive in groups. If you're not ready to adopt a flock of sheep, that's okay. Sheep can also enjoy the company of other animals like donkeys, goats, or dogs.
The Benefits of Raising Sheep
These sweet animals come with a fair number of benefits for their owners. If you're interested in raising sheep or expanding your current flock, here is a quick reminder of the benefits of raising sheep.
- Wool: Sheep's wool is used in a large variety of manufacturing processes, making it an extremely sought-after and versatile fiber.
- Milk: Sheep's milk is super nutritious, having twice the amount of calcium as cow's milk! It can also produce more cheese per fluid ounce!
- Meat: Obviously if you're getting a sheep as a pet, this benefit is not for you, but it's good to note that meat from sheep is delicious!
- Breeding: Also not for pet owners, but breeding sheep can be a great side income. People will buy and sell sheep for their genetics.
- Lawn Maintenance: Like goats, sheep will graze on tall grass, working as natural lawnmowers. However, they will be much kinder to the trees than goats will be!
If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of raising sheep on your homestead, check out this video!
Name Ideas for Lambs and Sheep
Now if you're planning on owning sheep, or growing your flock, chances are, you're going to want some great name ideas. Here are over 200 sheep name suggestions to consider for your new fluffy friends!
Male Sheep Names
Female Sheep Names
The Baa Baa Bandit
"Ewe" Names: Because Wordplay Is Fun!
Black Sheep Names
Famous Sheep in History
Montauciel the sheep, along with a duck and a rooster, flew in the first flight of a hot air balloon in 18th century France.
Domestic sheep live between 10-12 years, but Methuselina lived to the very old age of 25 years and 11 months, making her the world's oldest sheep ever!
Shrek was a male Merino who was avoided his annual sheering for 6 years. When he was finally captured, his wool weighed 60lbs!
Lance Corporal Derby XXX
This Swaledale ram was the highest ranking sheep in the British Army. He was the official mascot of the Mercian Regiment..
Dolly was the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer.
Names in Cartoons and Movies
"Shaun the Sheep"
Samuel the Sheep
Woolter & Jesse
Billy, Goat, & Gruff
"Lambert the Sheepish Lion"
Thanks i love sheep! on August 31, 2020:
Thanks for the good names!
Charcoal on August 25, 2020:
its such a cute name
Lamb on August 25, 2020:
I'm thinking Fuzzy
Jesse on August 23, 2020:
I have two pet ewes that we breed and this has been so helpful to get name and I have a couple more
Idk and Cbf on August 22, 2020:
What is a some good names for a white little lamb in nz ??!?!!?
(Y/N) on July 29, 2020:
I don't know what to call my sheep I'm seeing a brown and sheep name to call a plushie sheep I was thinking things out of the box before I opened this with my cousin's help she thought of the name paul and i thought of the name whitebone so if you have more suggestions please relpy( if that even even works) or add it to the list please
Anona on July 13, 2020:
We just bought 4 Suffolk sheep and we called them Merida, Flopsy and Lady Violet ( from Downton Abbey )
but we couldn't decide what to call the fourth one - that is until we found your amazing website!
Leilani on July 06, 2020:
This is so cool
_Kristaalkitty_ on July 05, 2020:
My few of my family ewes had lambs so now we have 6! with more on the way, there names are (In age order)
Mung ( Hope in korean )
Popcorn and Oreo ( Popcorn and Oreo had problems when the two baby girls were born because there mother was attacked by a dog and the first sign that Popcorn would survive is she popped up as if she was popcorn, and oreo looks like an oreo black white black )
Packston von Cotton budington ( Cotton bud bud or buddy for short, im glad his mother is feeding him cause his older siblings which were disowned so i raised em, tehre names are CottonBall and CottonCandy )
And last ( for now ) we named these two using your website
Meadow and Dawn ( I sprained my ankle the night after they were born oops )
and the last lambs ( for now )
Robert on June 26, 2020:
we have a few sheep the last pair of twins were called Mona and Lisa both ewes and there mother is about to drop again
sheep on June 12, 2020:
We have two female baby lambs and I've called them Dolly and Daisy. I think its so cute!
Zack on June 10, 2020:
Hey guys what’s a good name starting with G for a female lamb and it has to be creative
hehe on June 05, 2020:
im getting a sheep very soon and I come up with lots of funny names like: Wooly Wonka and Dude Wiggles. My next lamb is gonna be named Lady Bahbah
shepp on June 03, 2020:
i like sheep so mrs sheep would be my favourite
Hannah on May 15, 2020:
hailey on May 13, 2020:
these are really cute names and might name my sheep one of these
Olivia on May 12, 2020:
If you only have three sheep: Baaaa, Ram, Ewe lol
sheepie on May 09, 2020:
im getting a lamb in the spring if its a boy ill call it shawn and if its a girl itll be cloe
I love sheep! on May 07, 2020:
i love sheep people
I have so many animals on May 05, 2020:
I'm not sure if any of these names fit but i really liked some of them....Just not for my lamb
Rebecca on May 03, 2020:
If I ever do get a sheep I am going to call it Michael after the Archangel Michael
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sadie on April 25, 2020:
I like barry and wooly I am getting a lamb soon too and I can't wait
Bryn on April 24, 2020:
I liked the names, but I would perfer better ones.
Emma on April 17, 2020:
I love the female names. You should check them out!
Lamb lover on April 14, 2020:
I named mine rosemary this really helped
MMMMM on April 12, 2020:
Brass or mocha
Sheep farmer 2.0 on April 08, 2020:
Annie is a great name! You should add it!
shaun on April 08, 2020:
calling mine baaaa-bara and wooliam :)
B on April 05, 2020:
I’m calling my orphan lamb socks
fred on April 02, 2020:
great! i have decided to call my sheep Mr. Fuzzyface and Lanolin
Lucky and clover on April 02, 2020:
Tayyab Rasool from Punjab, Pakistan on April 01, 2020:
Great information..... my sheep name will be Black Jack.
Kimberly on March 30, 2020:
You have so many great ideas and names on here I love it
dorthy on March 29, 2020:
ahhh i love those names! I named my new lambs from this website! thx!
Shrek on March 20, 2020:
are you calling me the sheep whose wool weighted 60lbs
Millie on March 09, 2020:
I love this was very very helpful
Donna on March 02, 2020:
My girl is Minty and no she isn’t going to the plate, my goats are Maple and Sugar. My next lamb is going to be Rosemary.
Dalorne on February 19, 2020:
I named my black sheep Wiggles.
Belita on January 22, 2020:
I love these names in the past i have had a goat named ranger and sheep named after the voice and roy rodgers.
I would recommend looking up dog names their are some great ones for sheep and goats.
This is so cool I love the name cotton ball on January 12, 2020:
I love this
Tmtmr on January 12, 2020:
Mine goat was named Ace I would recommend it. I’m trying to find a name like that for my other leepie lamb, any ideas?
McKenzie on January 11, 2020:
I like the name bandit
María on January 05, 2020:
I looked at your post for ideas for my new adopted white doggie who looks so much like a lamb, the name Lambert made me laugh, so cute and funny! Thkuuuuuu
Meowra on December 30, 2019:
You need to add Jeff
Lily Doug on November 18, 2019:
These names are so cute!!!
Bilbo_Oaken on November 14, 2019:
What about Cardigan? Cute name from a sheep in a Charlotte's Web sequel.
Camarillo, James on October 30, 2019:
Our new ffa lamb's name is Clarice.
Chloe.witten on October 29, 2019:
I am going to name my New baby boy lamb
Lowri on October 06, 2019:
I just got a new tup lamb and I think I will call him Mr fuzzy face
Chloe. on September 13, 2019:
So many beautiful names just got 2 yesterday and one died this morning
me on September 07, 2019:
my lamb is called tank
Elizabeth on August 24, 2019:
I am calling mine April!
Lulu on August 17, 2019:
Socks and Skittles are perfect for the lamb twins!
Ella on August 16, 2019:
I like the names
Rron on August 12, 2019:
TWINKLE!! Such a cute name I love it, I’m calling my lamb that
Janie on August 10, 2019:
Cute love lams
Rachel on August 08, 2019:
This was really helpful to figure out my sheep’s name
Diana on July 31, 2019:
each time i look at this website i always say lamby cause i like this name
Emily on July 29, 2019:
This website is really good because I'm getting a sheep for calf club and I can't even finger out a name.
So this website is a thumbs up
Abigail Hreha from Oregon on June 07, 2019:
It's settled then. If I ever get a sheep, I'm naming him Serta.