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Sheep
White Sheep.pngWhite Sheep.pngOrange Sheep.pngOrange Sheep BE.pngMagenta Sheep.pngMagenta Sheep BE.pngLight Blue Sheep.pngLight Blue Sheep BE.pngYellow Sheep.pngYellow Sheep BE.pngLime Sheep.pngLime Sheep BE.pngPink Sheep.pngPink Sheep BE.pngGray Sheep.pngGray Sheep BE.pngLight Gray Sheep.pngLight Gray Sheep BE.pngCyan Sheep.pngCyan Sheep BE.pngPurple Sheep.pngPurple Sheep BE.pngBlue Sheep.pngBlue Sheep BE.pngGreen Sheep.pngGreen Sheep BE.pngBrown Sheep.pngBrown Sheep BE.pngRed Sheep.pngRed Sheep BE.pngBlack Sheep.pngBlack Sheep BE.png
Sheared White Sheep.pngSheared White Sheep.pngSheared Orange Sheep.pngSheared Orange Sheep.pngSheared Magenta Sheep.pngSheared Magenta Sheep.pngSheared Light Blue Sheep.pngSheared Light Blue Sheep.pngSheared Yellow Sheep.pngSheared Yellow Sheep.pngSheared Lime Sheep.pngSheared Lime Sheep.pngSheared Pink Sheep.pngSheared Pink Sheep.pngSheared Gray Sheep.pngSheared Gray Sheep.pngSheared Light Gray Sheep.pngSheared Light Gray Sheep.pngSheared Cyan Sheep.pngSheared Cyan Sheep.pngSheared Purple Sheep.pngSheared Purple Sheep.pngSheared Blue Sheep.pngSheared Blue Sheep.pngSheared Green Sheep.pngSheared Green Sheep.pngSheared Brown Sheep.pngSheared Brown Sheep.pngSheared Red Sheep.pngSheared Red Sheep.pngSheared Black Sheep.pngSheared Black Sheep.png
Baby White Sheep.pngBaby White Sheep.pngBaby Orange Sheep.pngBaby Orange Sheep BE.pngBaby Magenta Sheep.pngBaby Magenta Sheep BE.pngBaby Light Blue Sheep.pngBaby Light Blue Sheep BE.pngBaby Yellow Sheep.pngBaby Yellow Sheep BE.pngBaby Lime Sheep.pngBaby Lime Sheep BE.pngBaby Pink Sheep.pngBaby Pink Sheep BE.pngBaby Gray Sheep.pngBaby Gray Sheep BE.pngBaby Light Gray Sheep.pngBaby Light Gray Sheep BE.pngBaby Cyan Sheep.pngBaby Cyan Sheep BE.pngBaby Purple Sheep.pngBaby Purple Sheep BE.pngBaby Blue Sheep.pngBaby Blue Sheep BE.pngBaby Green Sheep.pngBaby Green Sheep BE.pngBaby Brown Sheep.pngBaby Brown Sheep BE.pngBaby Red Sheep.pngBaby Red Sheep BE.pngBaby Black Sheep.pngBaby Black Sheep BE.png
Health points

8♥♥♥♥

Behavior

Passive

Size

Adult:
Height: 1.3 Blocks
Width: 0.9 Blocks
Baby:
Height: 0.65 Blocks
Width: 0.45 Blocks

Spawn

Opaque blocks with at least two block space above them.

Common drops

See Drops

Experience

Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7

Internal ID

JE: 91
BE: 13

Namespaced ID

sheep

Sheep are passive mobs that supply wool and mutton.

Spawning[edit]

The majority of sheep are white, with an 81.836% chance of spawning. The light gray, gray and black sheep each have a 5% chance of spawning. Using a spawn egg to get one of these sheep types lies at a reasonable 15%. Brown sheep have an uncommon 3% chance to spawn. Pink sheep have a very rare 0.164% chance of naturally spawning.

5% spawn as babies.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Natural generation[edit]

Sheep spawn on grass blocks at the surface at a light level of 9 or higher with at least 2 block space above, except in snowy tundras, mushroom fields and variants. They spawn in flocks of 4 (2–3 at light level 7 or above‌[Bedrock Edition only]) during world generation.

Sheep can spawn in shepherd houses, butcher house, and animal pens in villages.

Drops[edit]

An adult sheep drops:

  • 1 wool of the corresponding color. Sheep that have not regrown their wool do not drop wool.
  • 1–2 raw mutton (cooked mutton if killed while on fire). The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 1–5 with Looting III.
  • 1–3 experience if killed by a player or tamed wolf.

When sheared, sheep give 1–3 wools and do not take any damage. A sheared sheep regrows its wool after eating from a grass block. Sheep will drop 2-4 wool if hit 8 times with a player's fist and sheared right while being hit for the eighth time.

Sheep also give 1–7 experience after breeding.

Like other baby animals, killing a lamb yields no items nor experience.

Behavior[edit]

Sheep wander aimlessly, avoid falling off cliffs high enough to cause damage and stay out of water or lava. They can be heard bleating occasionally. They flee around for a few seconds if harmed.

Sheep follow a player holding wheat within a radius of 8 blocks, but cease following if the player moves out of the radius.

In Bedrock Edition, baby zombies can mount sheep if it wants to be a jockey upon attacking a player, villager or golem.

Dyeing[edit]

Sheep's wool can be dyed by pressing the use key (the interact button in Bedrock Edition) while holding any dye. Sheared sheep cannot be dyed until their wool grows back.

Dyeing changes the color of the sheep's wool permanently or until the sheep is dyed again. The new wool color can be inherited by lambs. (see #Breeding)

If a sheep is dyed and then sheared, it retains its new dyed wool color after the wool regrows. In Java Edition, the wool patches seen on a sheared sheep always appear white regardless of their actual color. In Bedrock Edition, the patches keep the original dye color.

Grazing[edit]

Sheep eat grass blocks, changing them into dirt blocks. When a sheared sheep eats a grass block during daytime, its wool grows back. Therefore, if no grass is available, a sheep cannot regrow its wool after being sheared. They can't eat a grass block with tall grass on it, but can eat the tall grass, making it disappear. If an adult sheep has the opportunity, the chance of eating grass is 1 in 1000 per game tick (1 in 50 for lamb).

Wolves[edit]

Wolves attack nearby sheep without provocation. Sheep make no special attempt to avoid wolves, although they flee when attacked.

Naming easter eggs[edit]

Main article: Easter eggs

jeb_ sheep[edit]

If a sheep is named jeb_, its wool smoothly cycles through all dye colors in a similar manner to prismarine. This is purely a visual effect; the sheep still drops wool in its original color when sheared.

Upside-down sheep[edit]

Naming a sheep Dinnerbone or Grumm causes the sheep to appear upside down. The sheep's behavior and color stays the same.

Breeding[edit]

An example of how a bred sheep inherits a mixture of its parents' colors when possible.‌[Java Edition only]

Sheep can be bred with wheat, after which they spawn a lamb. They cannot breed for about 5 minutes after the baby sheep appears.

If the parents have 'compatible' wool colors (meaning that the corresponding dye items could be combined into a third dye color), the resulting lamb inherits a mix of their colors (e.g., blue sheep + white sheep = light blue lamb).‌[Java Edition only]

Otherwise, the lamb spawns with the same color as one of the parents, chosen randomly, regardless of whether one or both parents have been sheared.

The growth of baby sheep can be slowly accelerated using wheat. Each use takes 10% off the remaining time to grow up.

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Sheep baahs entity.sheep.ambient subtitles.entity.sheep.ambient ? ? ? 16
Sheep dies entity.sheep.death subtitles.entity.sheep.death ? ? ? 16
Sheep hurts entity.sheep.hurt subtitles.entity.sheep.hurt ? ? ? 16
Shears click entity.sheep.shear subtitles.item.shear ? ? ? 16
Footsteps entity.sheep.step subtitles.block.generic.footsteps ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]

Sheep have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.

Sheep color

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Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryhusbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Two by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 14 mobs: Cat, Chicken, Cow, Fox, Horse, Llama, Mooshroom, Ocelot, Panda, Pig, Rabbit, Sheep, Turtle, Wolf. Note: a trader llama does not count as a llama. In Java Edition 1.15,‌[upcoming] bees are also required for the advancement. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.husbandry/bred_all_animals

History[edit]

Java Edition Classic
October 25, 2009First showcase of sheep on The Word of Notch. Red wool as a drop can be seen.
October 25, 2009Video uploaded to YouTube of a sheep test.
0.28White Sheep Revision 1.png Added sheep.
Sheep currently drop mushrooms when killed. They also eat grass blocks, turning them into dirt. After eating a random amount of blocks, they regrow their wool.
Java Edition Indev
0.31December 23, 2009, 1Sheep no longer spawn naturally.
February 3, 2010Sheep now spawn again.
Sheared White Sheep.png Sheep now spawn without wool.
Sheep now drop gray wool upon being hit.
Sheep no longer drop mushrooms.
Sheep no longer eat grass.
February 4, 2010, 2White Sheep Revision 1.png Sheep now spawn with wool again.
February 19, 2010Sheep now do not drop anything.[verify]
Java Edition Infdev
June 27, 2010Sheep now drop white instead of gray wool.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.2In survival multiplayer, hitting sheep drops unobtainable wool. However, casting a fishing rod drops obtainable wool, while the sheep still appears to have wool.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Gray Sheep Revision 0.png Light Gray Sheep Revision 0.png Black Sheep Revision 0.png Added gray, light gray, and black sheep.
Colored sheep now drop their corresponding wool color.
1.4Pink Sheep Revision 0.png Brown Sheep Revision 0.png Sheep can now rarely spawn in the color pink or brown.
1.51.5_02Orange Sheep Revision 0.png Magenta Sheep Revision 0.png Light Blue Sheep Revision 0.png Yellow Sheep Revision 0.png Lime Sheep Revision 0.png Purple Sheep Revision 0.png Blue Sheep Revision 0.png Green Sheep Revision 0.png Red Sheep Revision 0.png Sheep can now be dyed. So, players can now dye sheep to make orange, magenta, light blue, yellow, lime, purple, blue, green and red sheep.
1.7Sheep now drop 2-4 wool when sheared.
Sheep no longer drop wool when hit.
Sheep now drop one wool block when killed while not sheared.
1.8Pre-releaseSheep now flee when attacked.
?White Sheep Revision 1.png Orange Sheep Revision 1.png Magenta Sheep Revision 1.png Light Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Yellow Sheep Revision 1.png Lime Sheep Revision 1.png Pink Sheep Revision 1.png Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Light Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Cyan Sheep Revision 1.png Purple Sheep Revision 1.png Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Green Sheep Revision 1.png Brown Sheep Revision 1.png Red Sheep Revision 1.png Black Sheep Revision 1.png The textures of sheep have now been changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Baby White Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Orange Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Magenta Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Light Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Yellow Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Lime Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Pink Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Light Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Cyan Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Purple Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Green Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Brown Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Red Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Black Sheep Revision 1.png Added baby sheep.
Sheep can now breed.
Sheep now have 4 hearts of health (formerly 5 hearts).
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Baby sheep from dyed parents are now born dyed instead of always being white.
1.111w49aSheep now eat grass blocks and tall grass in order to re-grow their wool again. As a counterbalance, shearing sheep now yields 1-3 wool blocks instead of 2-4.[1]
Spawn eggs are available for sheep in creative mode.
11w50aBaby sheep now eat more than adult sheep.
1.2.112w07bThe sheep eating animation in multiplayer has now been fixed.
Sheep now have a new AI.
1.4.212w32aSheep from spawn eggs can now spawn naturally-colored sheep (white, gray, brown, pink, etc.)
12w38aAdded new step sounds to sheep.
1.4.41.4.3-preLambs now have a mix of the parents' colors, if the parents' colors are 'compatible' (able to be crafted together as dyes).
1.7.413w48bSheep Jeb Revision 1.png Sheep named as 'jeb_' cycles now through all possible sheep colors in a fading rainbow effect. They still drop the color wool they were dyed last.
1.814w02aBaby sheep growth can now be accelerated using wheat.
14w05bSheep's wool is no longer visible when they have the Invisibility effect.
June 30, 2014Ryan Holtz announces that he's adding mutton as a new drop from sheep.
14w27aSheep now drop raw mutton and—if killed with fire—they drop cooked mutton.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has now been changed from Sheep to sheep.
1.1217w06aWhite Sheep.png Orange Sheep.png Magenta Sheep.png Light Blue Sheep.png Yellow Sheep.png Lime Sheep.png Pink Sheep.png Gray Sheep.png Light Gray Sheep.png Cyan Sheep.png Purple Sheep.png Blue Sheep.png Green Sheep.png Brown Sheep.png Red Sheep.png Black Sheep.png The textures of sheep have now been changed. Sheep now look different when dyed to comply with the wool color changes.
1.1418w43aSheep Jeb.png The textures of sheep named 'jeb_' have now been changed.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w37a5% of sheep will now spawn as babies.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Added sheep.
Sheared White Sheep Revision 1.png Sheep can be sheared.
0.6.0Added the overlay part of the sheep with wool on its head and body.
White Sheep Revision 2 BE.png Orange Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Magenta Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Light Blue Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Yellow Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Lime Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Pink Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Gray Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Light Gray Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Cyan Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Purple Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Blue Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Green Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Brown Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Red Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Black Sheep Revision 1 BE.png Sheep now display their colors and can be dyed.
Baby White Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Orange Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Magenta Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Light Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Yellow Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Lime Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Pink Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Light Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Cyan Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Purple Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Green Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Brown Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Red Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Black Sheep Revision 1.png Added baby animals, which includes sheep.
0.7.0Sheep spawn eggs are now in creative mode.
0.8.0build 2Sheared Orange Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Magenta Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Light Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Yellow Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Lime Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Pink Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Light Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Cyan Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Purple Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Green Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Brown Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Red Sheep Revision 1.png Sheared Black Sheep Revision 1.png If a sheep is dyed a color other than white, the previously white patches on its face, along with the spots on its body when sheared, now also change color (currently exclusive feature).
The sheep AI has now been improved.
0.9.0build 3Sheep now graze on tallgrass.
0.11.0build 1Sheep coloration is now applied through shaders, rather than different textures.
0.12.0Sheep are no longer bred using a Feed button as of the release of the Windows 10 Edition.
0.14.0build 1Baby zombie jockeys now check for nearby sheep to mount prior to attacking the player, villager or golem.
Sheep no longer spawn in the snowy tundra biome and it's variants.
0.15.0build 1Sheep now drop raw mutton and if killed with fire, they drop cooked mutton.
Sheep Jeb Revision 1.png Sheep named as 'jeb_' cycle now through all possible sheep colors in a fading rainbow effect. They still drop the color wool they were dyed last.
Baby husk can now mount sheep.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0?Sheep are now dyed using a Dye button.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0White Sheep.png Orange Sheep BE.png Magenta Sheep BE.png Light Blue Sheep BE.png Yellow Sheep BE.png Lime Sheep BE.png Pink Sheep BE.png Gray Sheep BE.png Light Gray Sheep BE.png Cyan Sheep BE.png Purple Sheep BE.png Blue Sheep BE.png Green Sheep BE.png Brown Sheep BE.png Red Sheep BE.png Black Sheep BE.png The textures of sheep have now been changed. Sheep now look different when dyed to comply with the wool color changes.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Sheep Jeb.png The textures of sheep named 'jeb' have now been changed.
Sheep now spawn in desert village shepherd houses.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Sheep can now spawn in plains, savanna, taiga, snowy taiga and snowy tundra village shepherd houses, butcher houses, and animal pens.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1White Sheep Revision 1.png Orange Sheep Revision 1.png Magenta Sheep Revision 1.png Light Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Yellow Sheep Revision 1.png Lime Sheep Revision 1.png Pink Sheep Revision 1.png Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Light Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Cyan Sheep Revision 1.png Purple Sheep Revision 1.png Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Green Sheep Revision 1.png Brown Sheep Revision 1.png Red Sheep Revision 1.png Black Sheep Revision 1.png Added sheep.
Sheared White Sheep.png Sheep can be sheared.
TU5Sheep now run away when attacked.
TU7Baby White Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Orange Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Magenta Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Light Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Yellow Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Lime Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Pink Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Light Gray Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Cyan Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Purple Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Blue Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Green Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Brown Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Red Sheep Revision 1.png Baby Black Sheep Revision 1.png Added baby sheep.
Sheep can now be bred with wheat.
TU9Sheep now eat grass blocks and tall grass in order to re-grow their wool. As a counterbalance, shearing sheep yields 1-3 wool blocks instead of 2-4.
Spawn eggs are now available for sheep in creative mode.
TU141.04Baby sheep can now be spawned by using Left trigger on an adult form of that mob using a spawn egg.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Sheep now drop raw mutton and—if killed with fire—they drop cooked mutton.
Baby sheep growth can now be accelerated using wheat.

Prior colors

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Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Sheep" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • If a sheep spawner is placed via /setblock, the sheep model spinning inside appears with one of the six naturally spawning colors. Independently from the displayed color, all six variants are able to spawn, the usual chances apply. To guarantee sheep to always spawn with a desired color, additional NBT tags can be applied to the spawner, utilizing the Color tag.
  • Sheep can eat grass through partial blocks, and also while moving in minecarts.
  • Sheep cannot fit through the gap if the 90 degree intersection of two fences is removed whereas the player (and most other mobs) can get through easily.
  • An already dead sheep can be sheared (if it still has its wool) before its body turns into smoke and disappears, causing it to drop one wool and some mutton in addition to 1–3 more wool from the shearing.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]
  • While an evoker is not engaged in combat and /gamerule mobGriefing is set to true, it changes the wool color of any blue sheep within 16 blocks to red. It signals the spell by producing orange color particles () and making a "wololo" sound.

Gallery[edit]

Bedrock Edition[edit]

Official Artwork[edit]

References[edit]