Santa Cruz Island Sheep

Santa Cruz Island Sheep are probably the rarest breed of sheep in the USA.  Estimates are that there are fewer than 200 purebred Santa Cruz sheep left.  Originating on and Island off the coast of California, these sheep are believed to have developed from Merino, Rambouillet and Churra sheep in the early 1800s.  At some point some of the sheep escaped and began flourished as feral sheep.  They survived in harsh conditions with sparse forage.  Santa Cruz sheep have a fine fleece that has an unusually elastic quality.  It is prized by those handspinners that are aware of this unique fleece.  To learn more about this rare breed, please visit

We are very excited to add Santa Cruz Island sheep to our farm and be a part of the preservation of these unique animals!