Dorper History


The Dorper Breed was created in South Africa in the 1930’s and 1940’s consisting of the Horned Dorset and Blackheaded Persian. The purpose of it’s creation was to create a top carcass and the ability to thrive under harsh conditions.

There are 1 of 2 classifications: Dorper (black head/white body) and White Dorper (solid white in color). They are maintained as separate breeds. Dorpers possess a mixture of hair and wool, which sheds each season, eliminating the need for shearing. Mature rams average weight is between 225-275 lbs. Mature ewes average is between 160-220 lbs. Dorpers possess calm dispositions.

Dorpers also possess the following characteristics:

  • Hardy and Adaptable
  • Excellent Maternal Instincts
  • Long Breeding Season

Dorpers were first introduced into North America from South Africa in 1995.

White Dorper Breed

Through generations of crossing the Black-Headed Persian and the Horned Dorset, a 'throw-back' would eventually surface where the offspring was completely white but possessed the body type of a Dorper. Through this ugrading, the South Africans developed the White Dorper breed. The Dorper and White Dorper are maintained as separate breeds. They differ only in color.

When using a White Dorper ram on any type of commerical ewes, one could avoid a colored pelt. The colored pelts are undesired by some, yet favored by others. If undesired, a White Dorper ram may be the solution for your herd. You can still advantage of improved feed efficiency, early maturity and fertility, excellent maternal attributes, and extended breeding seasons.