The Dorper was developed in South Africa during the 1930's by crossing Horned Dorsets with Black Headed Persians.  The average weight for mature rams is 110-135 kgs (240-300 lbs) and 70-90 kgs (155-200 lbs) for mature ewes.  Lambs are fast growing early maturing with an excellent carcass and can reach 45 kgs (100 lbs) in 100 days. 
The Dorper is characteristically barrel shaped, with short black or white hair on the head.  A short covering of both wool and hair is found on the body though the underline has very little wool. They normally shed the wool covering in spring, depending on the environment.  The breed is very hardy and resistant to disease and parasites. Tests in North America have shown that this breed works well in any crossbreeding program. 

Dorper Breeder Listings


Matthew & Janene Barnett

Box 363

Stettler, AB CANADA T0C 2L0

Tel: 403-915-0105


Coulee's Edge Dorpers (JKJ)

Kelli Pinner

Box 739

Picture Butte, AB CANADA T0K 1V0

Tel: 403-634-6966


Stephen & Dayna Davie (DO)

PO Box 307

Bezanson, AB CANADA T0H 0G0

Tel: 780-957-3447


Dusty Rose Ranching Dorper Sheep

Box 203

Rosemary, AB CANADA T0J 2W0

Tel: 403-378-4371


Jon Riemer

Box 1022

Elk Point, AB CANADA T0A 1A0.


Nicole Shelley-Schieck (NMRS)

552002 RR 135 Box 1188

Two Hills, AB CANADA T0B 4K0

Tel: 780-993-2037

Tel: 780-953-2037


T-Roc Farms (TROC)

Tony Rauch & Tamara Bidwell

RR 3

Rocky Mountain House, AB CANADA T4T 2A3

Tel: 780-690-5309