is a French breed of domestic sheep
from the Basque country
It derives from a family of sheep breeds from the Pyrénées with falling wool. It arose in the béarnaise
part of the Pyrénées
. It has long been flocked
across the Girondine
plain to the Pyrénéan mountain pastures.
Its wool is long, white and hanging. Its horns form a spiral around the ear. Its head and paws are coloured reddish-yellow. Ewes are 75cm long and weigh 55kg and rams are 90cm long and weigh 80kg.
It is a dairy
breed, which issued from the AOC Ossau-Iraty
, derived from the ewes of the Pyrénées. A ewe of this breed produces 120 litres over 130 days of lactation, producing a milk rich in matière grasse
(7,42 %) and in proteins (5,39 %).
It is a rural breed, which lambs in spring and produces milk in the estive, passing on the richness of the Pyrénéean flora through its milk.