are a breed of domestic sheep
that originated in the Wensleydale
region of North Yorkshire
Possessing a blue–grey face, the breed was developed in the 19th century by crossing English Leicester
sheep. One of the largest and heaviest of all sheep breeds, the Wensleydale has long, ringlet-like
locks of wool. It is categorized as "at risk" by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
of the U.K. as it has fewer than 1500 registered breeding females, it is predominantly used today as a ram breed to cross with other breeds to obtain market lambs.