Grey Troender Sheep: A Rare Breed of Sheep

The Grey Troender Sheep originated in the region of Troendelag in the country and Norway. Its name was placed by him by the city of origin and by the grayish hue in his coat. This breed originated from the Tauler breed, which nowadays is extinct, and from the crossing of that species with wild sheep came the race gray tender.

The Grey Troender sheep are a rare breed of domesticated sheep that originated from crossbreeding native landrace sheep with the now extinct Tautra sheep in the late 19th century. There are currently approximately 50 individual animals, nearly all residing within Norway. The Grey Troender is an attractive animal and has been used as a model for other breeds such as the East Friesian and Texel.

Grey Troender Sheep

Characteristics of Grey Troender Sheep

The Grey Troender Sheep coat is usually gray. This breed has white spots under the eyes which are a unique feature of this breed. Their legs, tail tip, face, and ears are black, and the ears are short in size. The tails measure about 20 to 30cm and are tilted down. They get to produce between 2 and 3 kg of wool a year.

The wool around the body is uniform. The only sides where wool does not grow are on the face and at the end of the legs. Males weigh between 70 and 80 kg when they are adults. It is a resistant breed, so it withstands the cold climate of the region where it lives. Neither male nor female of this species has horns.


The Grey Troender Sheep grazes through the most diverse range of habitats, from rugged hillsides to lush grasslands. These herbivores eat variety of plants that provide them with nutrients needed for growth and reproduction such as shrubs or herbs which can be found by searching leaves in order to get at their carbohydrates stores.


The Grey Troender Sheep Its wool is generally used for the production of handicrafts, its wool is very soft, silky and dense, its wool is a very good quality fleece and has more weight than wool produced from the Shetland breed. And the skin is used for the production of carpets, so their skin is very sold. The lambs are sacrificed at 6 months of age to market their meat since at that age they weigh between 30 and 40 kg.

Special Feature

The Grey Troender Sheep in 1992 was considered an extinct breed, but an extensive study carried out showed that there were still several individuals of this species alive, so that work was activated to revive and preserve the breed. A census in 2000 revealed that there were only about 50 sheep of this species.

Although still considered to be in danger of extinction, there are more farmers who join to achieve breeding and conservation of this species, until the waiting list for the acquisition of lambs.

To continue the reproduction of this species and to preserve it, a study in Norway had them collect the semen of this animal and freeze it to be able to carry out artificial inseminations and to be able to continue reproducing this species.

Sheep Profile

Sheep nameGrey Troender Sheep
Other NameAny
Sheep PurposeMeat, wool and fur
Coat colorGray, black, and some white spots
Weight70 to 80 Kg
Climate ToleranceAll climates
Country of OriginNorway


We hope that this guide has helped you to understand the history of Gulf Coast Native Sheep, and their trendiness today. If you are interested in owning one for yourself, be sure to check out your local breeder before they become extinct!

As A Reference: Wikipedia

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