Dorper, noun2

Forms:
Also with small initial.
Origin:
Blend of Dorset Horn and Persian (see Persian).
(One of) a hardy local breed of non-woolled mutton sheep, a cross between the Dorset Horn and the blackhead Persian breeds (see Blackhead Persian, blackhead sense 2). Also attributive.
1953 [see fat-tailed sense b].
1957 Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric.) III. 227The Dorper has been developed by further breeding and selection from the Dorset Horn X Blackhead Persian half-bred...Bred particularly for those regions which are unsuitable for Merinos,..experience has shown that it adapts itself very well to the more arid regions.
1968 Farmer’s Weekly 3 Jan. 31A large portion of the rest of the farm is bushland being utilised by 2,000 Angoras, 1,000 Dorpers and 50 head of beef cattle.
1971 W.J. Hugo in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. IV. 72A meeting..held on 19 July 1950 at the Grootfontein College of Agriculture, decided that the new breed they sought to develop would from then on be known as the Dorper.
1981 Sunday Times 14 June (Mag. Sect.) 12His only hobby is farming. He has two farms..where he keeps dorper sheep.
1988 P. Kingwill Message of Black Eagle 77They could hear her instructing someone to check the earmarks of every load of Dorper lambs delivered in the next twenty-four hours.
1991 Philatelic Bulletin (No. 8075)The Dorper is a truly South African sheep breed which was developed locally because a need existed for a breed specially adapted to arid regions and able to raise slaughter-lambs on the veld.
(One of) a hardy local breed of non-woolled mutton sheep, a cross between the Dorset Horn and the blackhead Persian breeds (see Blackhead Persian, blackhead2). Also attributive.

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