Dorper is a rare sheep breed that has been primarily used for meat production, but it produces a fine fiber that is naturally a mixture of light and dark fibers creating a beautiful heathered yarn. Dorper is a South African mutton breed developed in the 1930's from the Dorset Horn and a Blackheaded Persian. Dorper sheep shed their wool, so they don't require shearing. This fiber is a medium brown-grey, defined as Dark because Dorper sheep are classically white with any non-white fiber defined as Dark.
The Dorper is the fastest growing, heaviest muscled hair sheep breed in the US. This breed can survive harsh climatic conditions making them the most sought after sheep in the world. This is a soft fiber considering the breed is primarily a meat breed. With scattered lighter guard hairs. This fiber will lend itself to many projects including needle felting and weaving.