This is one of the oldest sheep breeds in central Europe and has been living in moors and marshlands. This is why – in contrast to its fellow species – this sheep can swim. It has a pure white coat with long, rough upper coat that hardly felts and fine under coat. The Moorschnucke was considered almost extinct and was added to the “red list” of the IUCN (World Conservation Union). Meanwhile there are again, due to breeding, 5.000 animals.