1858G. Grey inCorresp. between Colonial Office & Governor Sir George Grey Respecting his Recall from Cape of G.H. (H.C.216–1860) 4They (sc. the boers) would keep nothing but hairy fat-tailed sheep.
1871W.G. Atherstone inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 89The fat-tailed sheep in these parts are considered full-grown and at maturity, are sold to the butcher, at twenty months old.
1888Castle Line Handbk & Emigrant’s Guide 55The farmers generally were very slow to appreciate the advantages of the wool bearers over the old hairy fat-tailed sheep of the country. The fat-tails held their own for many years.
1898W.C. ScullyVendetta 11His flock of fat-tailed sheep were kraaled at an outpost which was in charge of a Hottentot herd.
1909H.E.S. FremantleNew Nation 287The Boers were so prejudiced, that they would keep nothing but hairy fat-tailed sheep.
1937S. CloeteTurning Wheels 178The main thing that worried her was how Blesbock, her fat-tailed ram, had got on...No one could fasten on the little cart — it was really a plank with two wheels — that carried his long, fat tail as securely, or as comfortably, as she.
1941C.W. De KiewietHist. of S. Afr. 9Wool failed, though the wiry-haired fat-tailed sheep did well.
1968J.T. McNishRd to El Dorado 109Dry, stunted Karoo bushes upon which an occasional skinny goat or a fat-tailed sheep fed listlessly.
1974The 1820Vol.47No.9, 10Before 1820 the Dutch farmers had concentrated on fat-tailed sheep, useful for the production of cooking fat, tallow and soap.
1989Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 21The fat-tailed sheep that were acquired by the Khoikhoi were in fact known in the Middle East about 4000 years before, when they were tended by Semitic-speaking people.
1953S. Afr. Stockbreeder & Farmer Ref. Bk 230The non-woolled sheep are mostly fat-tailed, e.g. the indigenous Namaqua and Ronderib Afrikaner, the Blackhead Persian and the van Rooy. Recently a non-woolled sheep without a fat tail, viz.: the Dorper, has been developed.
an indigenous hairy sheep with a large tail of solid fat; Cape sheep, see Cape2 a. Occasionally elliptical, fat-tail.