The Dorper and the White Dorper are separate breeds of sheep sharing the same outstanding attributes. The one exception of course being… the colour. Separating themselves from the Dorper breeders in South Africa during the 1940s, the breeders of White Dorper crossed the Dorper, with the Dorset Horn X Van Rooy and Ronderib Afrikaaner” in their breeding program, calling this breed a Dorsian. They founded a separate Breeders’ society but decided in 1964, to affiliate with the South Africa Dorper Sheep Breeders’ Society, since their aim was the same with the exception of the colour. Crossing Dorper and White Dorper sheep produces cross bred lambs of neither breed. The Canadian Dorper Sheep Association represents breeder of both breeds of sheep
Medium size sheep Body long, deep and wide
Average mature weights; rams 90-105 kg., ewes 70- 95 kg.
Strong, long and medium in width
Eyes large and widely placed
Ears horizontally set
Covered with short dullish black hair (White Dorpers have white hair)
Medium length and broad
Blends smoothly into shoulders
Firm, broad and strong
Blends smoothly into the body
Moderate width and deep
Brisket protrudes moderately beyond the shoulders
Back, Loin and Rump:
Back long and straight
Loin broad and full
Rump is long and wide
Ribs well sprung
Inner and outer twist are deep and well fleshed in adults
Feet and Legs:
Legs strong and well placed
Hooves not widely split
(Dorper) – white sheep with black confined to head or head and neck with the black not on the shoulder or chest fully pigmented under the tail, on the udder and teats is ideal. Black spots to a limited extent on the body and legs are permissible.
(White Dorper) – white sheep, fully pigmented around the eyes, under the tail, on the udder and teats is ideal.
Short, loose, light covering of hair and wool with a natural clean kemp underline is ideal
Exclusively coarse hair
Exclusive wool (long and dense)
A coarse hair mane
Deviating too far from either one of the two accepted colour patterns.