Is there a breed that never needs shearing?

Blamo'sBestBuddy

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Hi all,
I signed up about a month or 2 ago but have not been very active.
I am very new to farming and have one garden (pretty small) and a flock of 6 chickens.
I am hoping to start a farm someday and found this forum while researching.
Now I have a question about sheep,: Is there a breed that never needs shearing??
I thought I read about that somewhere but now I'm not sure, so I hope you guys don't mind me asking here.

Thank you,

Blamo'sBestBuddy
 

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As far as the shearing, I am assuming that you mean for wool. Yes, the lists provided are good. The problem you might see is that many were crossed with wool sheep at some point, and those are the ones that often do not completely "shed out", their coats. There will be wool/hair growth, and the wool does not shed well. We have white Texas Dahl (dall) sheep and there have been some introduction of wool sheep in them at sometime. We get a few lambs occasionally that have the recessive and produce some wool in with the hair. The wool does not shed well.
Anything that does not normally shed, there is often a reason. It is like a dog that sheds, or a cow or horse. Sometimes it is parasites and poor nutrition that will prevent them from shedding too. Sometimes it is as @Mike CHS says, more exposure to natural elements helps. A controlled environment will sometimes cause them to not shed like they should.
 

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My flock is a mixup of Corsican, Blackbelly and Jacob. Some qualify as Painted Desert sheep. All are in various stages of blowing out fleece. As stated above a lot of things can affect when and how they shed. All of mine lose their fleeces eventually. You will also need a guardian animal (mine is in the upper 1/3 center of the pic ).
 
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