The Teeswater is a rare breed of sheep that originated in Durham County, in the north of England. It is a longwool breed with a lofty fiber. It is an elegant sheep to behold, with long lines, a brown and white face, and wool that cascades off its back in very long, narrow ringlets. Their wool has a remarkably lustrous quality -- when dyed, especially, it is said to take on a striking resemblance to silk!
After World War II, farmers of the region started a breed society to promote their flocks. The rams of the breed became known for their good genes; when coupled with Northern hill breed ewes, such as Swaledales, to create a recognized cross-breed known as a Masham.
The Teeswater's popularity for this purpose was eclipsed by other long-wool breeds like the Blue Faced Leicester, which resulted in dwindling numbers throughout the 1960's and 1970's. They have recently seen a small resurgence of interest, partly due to the Campaign for British Wool, which seeks to rescue rare breeds from being lost entirely.
Teeswater wool has an average staple length of 15-30cm with a micron count of about 33.
Origin: United Kingdom