Over the last century, the Gotland sheep, as we now know it, has been bred to be polled, (without horns), and to produce some of the world's most sought-after fleeces and pelts.
Originating on Gotland Island, in the Baltic Sea offshore of mainland Sweden, our modern day Gotland sheep is generations out of the Gutefår, (Gute sheep). The Gute still occupies the island and has bloodlines dating back to the Vikings' trade era. Many northern short tail breeds descend from them, our modern Gotland among them.
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