Navajo-Churro sheep facts

Navajo-Churro sheep primarily raised for wool. The breed is originated with the Spanish Churra sheep obtained by Navajo, Hopi and other Native American nations in the 16th century of the United States.

Navajo-Churro sheep breed information

The breed comes black, white, brown.

Navajo-Churro rams have two, four, six or more horns but ewes have scurs, the color of horns are white, black or striped.

Twinning is very common in Navajo-Churro.

The wool of Churro is a double-coated one is a top protective coat and soft undercoat. The inner coat is 80 % fleece and the outer coat is 20 %. The 

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fleece weight is 1.5 to 2.5 kg.

Fleece is used to making rugs and some other weavings.

Navajo-Churro is extremely hardy and can adapt to any climatic conditions.

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A sheep that is disease resistant, lean meant and runs on low-maintenance.

The ewes lamb easily and are fiercely protective.

Twins and triplets are common.

Due to low fat, the meat is the superior and good flavor.

The wool of the Navajo-Churro is primarily considered carpet wool and it is often used for rug weaving.

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Things to know

The first imported sheep to North America is Navajo-Churro in the 16th century.

Navajo-Churro were used for food to Spanish armies.

According to wiki ” By the 17th-century Churros were popular with the Spanish settlers in the upper Rio Grande Valley. Flocks of Churros were also acquired by the Navajo through trading. The Churro soon became an important part of the Navajo economy and culture.”

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During 1970 the restoration of the breed began, as most of them were disappeared due to cross-breeding.

Navajo-Churro is considered as a rare breed.

Navajo-Churro have multiple horns like Jacob sheep

The Livestock Conservancy listed Navajo-Churro as threatened.

Navajo-Churro sheep characteristics

Breed NameNavajo-Churro Sheep
Other NameNavajo or American Four-Horned, Churro
Country/Place of OriginUnited States
Breed Purposeamericawool
Breed Sizemedium
Weight
Ram(Male)
90 kg (200 lb)
Ewe(Female)70 kg (155 lb)
Kiddingsingle or twins or triplets
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Toleranceall conditions
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