The fleece is hairy and forms a mane around the neck of the male (hence the breed name); its dwarf conformation relate to the West African Dwarf sheep; coat colour is black or pied; males may have short horns (Mason and Maule, 1960).
Found in Angola.
The hairy thin tailed type of sheep originated in western Asia, and entered Africa through the Isthmus of Suez and Bab el Mandeb. Until the third Millennium B.C. the hairy thin-tailed sheep was the only type of sheep on the African continent. Domestic sheep had reached Egypt and other parts of North Africa by 5000BC (Epstein, 1971).