American Miniature Cheviot Sheep Cheviot sheep originated in the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland. They were introduced to this country in
1838. Border Cheviots are small, hardy sheep that spend their lives on the moors. In the US they have become larger than their
ancestors from the UK (as have many breeds of sheep), so the American Miniature Cheviot Registry was formed to preserve the
original size. They are white or dilute black (a combination of black and white fibers that give a heather grey effect when
carded), with small heads and erect, pointed ears. They lamb easily. Their fleeces provide a medium wool with a distinctive
helical crimp. This crimp creates a desirable loft and along with the long staple makes it a very easy-to-spin spinners wool.