Number Registered
Nombre enregistré
Individuos registrados
Carneros115 - 130 kg
Ovejas80 - 100 kg
Lamb/Ewe Percentage
Pourcentage d’agnelage
Prolificidad (Procentaje cordero/hembra)
Fleece Quality
Qualité de la toison
long, lustrous and silvery
Peso4.7 kg
Staple Length
Longueur de fibre
Longitud de la mecha
5 - 25 cm
Micron CountMicron
Diámetro (micrones)
37 - 40


The Cotswold is one of the oldest longwool breeds of England. Imported to North America during the 19th century, they were used widely in the US and Canada. After 1920 their numbers declined drastically as markets favored the Merino for wool and the Dorset and Suffolk for meat. The Cotswold is a large docile ewe that is an easy keeper, good mother and best suited to pasture management. The lambs are slow to finish and the ewes are often crossed with Dorset or Suffolk rams to produce a vigorous fast growing meat lamb

Le Cotswold est une des plus vieilles races à laine longue d'Angleterre. Importés en Amérique du Nord au cours du 19ième siècle, ils ont été largement utilisés aux États-Unis et au Canada. Après 1920 leur nombre a drastiquement diminué alors que les marchés ont favorisé le Mérino pour la laine et le Dorset et le Suffolk pour la viande. Le Cotswold est une grande brebis docile qui se garde facilement et une bonne mère mieux adaptée à la gestion au pâturage. Les agneaux tardent à atteindre le bon poids d'abattage et les brebis sont souvent croisées avec des béliers Dorset ou Suffolk pour produire un agneau de marché vigoureux, avec une forte croissance.

​La Cotswold es una de las razas de lana larga más antiguas de Inglaterra. Importada a Norte América durante el siglo XIX, fue utilizada ampliamente en los EUA y Canadá. Después de 1920 su número disminuyó drásticamente ya que los mercados favorecieron al Merino por la lana y a la Dorset y Suffolk por la carne. La Cotswold es una oveja grande, dócil que es facil de mantener, buena madre y mejor adaptada para manejo en pastura. Los corderos finalizan lentamente y las hembras frecuentemente son cruzadas con carneros Dorset o Suffolk para producir corderos musculosos vigorosos y de rápido crecimiento.

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Breed Standards

General Appearance:
-Large sized sheep
-Long bodied, strong frame and legs
-Mature body weights:  rams- 115-130kg, ewes- 80-100kg
-Pronounced forelock of wool 
-Body well fleshed and covered with thick, long lustrous wool

-Covered with wool, fine tuft of wool on forehead 
-White face
-Dark, full, prominent eyes
-Dark coloured nose
-Cheeks full and covered with white hair
-Ears long, but not too heavy, of medium thickness

-Big and muscular
-Gently curved

-Set well back
-Point of shoulder and chine should be well covered with flesh

Back, Loin and Rump:
-Back has good length 
-Ribs deep, well sprung from the back
-Rump carried out level with the back
-Strong looking frame

Feet and Legs:
-Legs squarely set outside the body
-Straight, moderate in length 
-Rear legs thick on the outside and down to the hock
-Pasterns should be short

-Lustrous (mid-40’s Bradford count)
-Staple length 25 cm
-Shearling ram fleece can weigh 10 kg or more
-Shearling ewe fleece can weigh 6 kg or more 
-White wool (the norm)
-Coloured wool accepted but animal must be identified on the pedigree as having coloured genes

-Black fibres (hair or kemp) in the fleece
-Horns attached to skulls with a living core
-Blue, black or brown faces on white animals

*Note- The above is based on the “Ideal Cotswold” written in 1891 by MR. W.S. Harmer and the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association’s Breed Standards Format.

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