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Health points

8 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)


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


Opaque blocks with at least two block space above them.

Common drops

See Drops


Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7

Internal ID

JE: 91
BE: 13

Namespaced ID


Sheep are passive mobs that supply wool and mutton.


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% will 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. Like other farm animals, they will not spawn in snowy tundras, but still spawn in snowy taigas. 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.


Sheep drop:

  • 1 wool of the corresponding color when killed.
  • If sheared, it drops 1-3 wool instead of 1 wool.
  • 1-2 pieces of raw mutton (1-2 pieces of cooked mutton if the sheep dies while on fire)
  • Wool drop is not affected by Looting.
  • Meat drop is affected by Looting.
  • Sheep will also drop 1 to 7 experience when breeding and 1 to 3 experience upon death.
  • Lambs drop nothing when killed.


Sheep act like most passive mobs; they wander around aimlessly, avoid falling off cliffs high enough to cause damage, and usually stay out of water or lava. They can be heard bleating occasionally. They will try to jump over obstacles one block high, which sometimes causes strange behavior near fences, walls and similar blocks. They will attempt to flee for a few seconds if attacked.

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


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 will change the color of the sheep's wool, and this color change is permanent unless the sheep is dyed again. The new wool can be inherited to lambs. (see #Breeding)

If a sheep is dyed and then sheared, it will retain its new dyed wool color after the wool grows back. The wool patches seen on a sheared sheep will always appear white regardless of their actual color. However, in the Bedrock Edition, they will be dyed accordingly, and the white patches on the face will also be dyed.

Eating grass[edit]

Sheep will eat grass blocks (turning them into dirt) and grass (destroying them). When they do this during daytime, their wool grows back (after being sheared). This means that if there is no grass anywhere, a sheep cannot regrow its wool after being sheared. They can't eat grass blocks with tall grass on it, but can eat the tall grass, making it disappear. If an adult sheep has the opportunity, the chance of starting to eat grass is 1 in 1000 per game tick (1 in 50 for baby sheep).

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


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

jeb_ sheep[edit]

A sheep named jeb_.

If a sheep is named jeb_, its wool will smoothly cycle through all dye colors in a similar manner to prismarine. This is only a visual effect, as the sheep will drop its original color when sheared.


An example of how a bred sheep will be a mixture of its parents' colors when possible.

Sheep can be bred with wheat, after which they will spawn a baby sheep (or lamb). They will not be able to breed for about 5 minutes after the baby sheep is spawned. If the parents have 'compatible' wool colors (meaning that the corresponding dye items could be combined into a third dye color), the resulting lamb will be a mix of their colors (e.g., blue sheep + white sheep = light blue lamb). Otherwise, the lamb will be the same color as one of the parents, chosen randomly. It doesn't matter if either parent, 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.

In Bedrock Edition, the sheep will always share its color with one of its parents.

Data values[edit]

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

Sheep color



Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryminecraft:husbandry/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. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:husbandry/bred_all_animals


This page would benefit from the addition of more images.
Please remove this notice once you've added suitable images to the article. The specific instructions are: Sheep between 0.8.0 and 1.1, which had the old color scheme but dyed face wool, and also sheared lambs, which apparently existed for some time on Java Edition, and sheep from pre-0.6.0 Pocket Edition
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.
0.28Sheep were added, and drop mushrooms when killed. They also eat grass blocks, turning them into dirt. After eating a random amount of blocks, they will regrow their wool.
Java Edition Indev
0.31December 23, 2009, 1Sheep no longer spawn naturally.
February 3, 2010Sheep now spawn again.
Sheep will spawn with no wool.
Drop gray wool upon being hit.
Sheep no longer drop mushrooms and don't eat grass.
February 4, 2010, 2Sheep now spawn with wool again.
February 19, 2010Now drop nothing.[verify]
Java Edition Infdev
June 27, 2010Sheep drop white instead of gray wool.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.2In survival multiplayer, hitting sheep will drop unobtainable wool. However, casting a fishing rod will drop obtainable wool, while the sheep still appears to have wool.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Gray, light gray, and black sheep were added.
Colored sheep drop their corresponding wool color.
1.4Sheep can rarely spawn in the color pink or brown.
1.7Sheep drop 2-4 wool when sheared.
Sheep no longer drop wool when hit.
Sheep drop one wool block when killed while not sheared.
1.8?Sheep will flee when attacked.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Baby sheep were added.
Sheep can now breed.
Sheep have 4 hearts of health (formerly 5 hearts).
1.111w49aSheep eat grass blocks and tall grass in order to re-grow their wool again. As a counterbalance, shearing sheep yields 1-3 wool blocks instead of 2-4.[1]
Spawn eggs became available for sheep in Creative mode.
11w50aBaby sheep eat more than adult sheep.
1.2.112w07bThe sheep eating animation in multiplayer was fixed.
Sheep 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. will have a mix of the parents' colors, if the parents' colors are 'compatible' (able to be crafted together as dyes).
1.7.413w48bSheep named as 'jeb_' will cycle through all possible sheep colors in a fading rainbow effect. They will still drop the color wool they were dyed last.
1.814w02aBaby sheep growth can 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 drop raw mutton and—if killed with fire—they will drop cooked mutton.
1.1116w32aChanged entity ID from Sheep to sheep.
1.1217w06aSheep now look different when dyed to comply with the wool color changes.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0Added sheep.
0.6.0Added the overlay part of the sheep with wool on its head and body.
Sheep now display their colors and can be dyed.
Added baby animals, this includes sheep.
0.7.0Sheep spawn eggs are in creative mode.
0.8.0build 2If 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, will also change color (currently exclusive feature).
Improved sheep AI.
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 will now check for nearby sheep to mount prior to attacking the player, villager or golem.
Sheep no longer spawn in snowy tundra biome and variants.
0.15.0build 1Sheep drop raw mutton and if killed with fire they will drop cooked mutton.

Sheep named as 'jeb_' will cycle through all possible sheep colors in a fading rainbow effect. They will still drop the color wool they were dyed last.

Baby husk can mount sheep.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0?Sheep are now dyed using a Dye button.
1.1.0alpha now look different when dyed to comply with the wool color changes.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta now spawn in desert village shepherd houses.
1.11.0beta can now spawn in plains, savanna, taiga, snowy taiga, and snowy tundra village shepherd house, butcher house, and animal pen.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added sheep.
TU5Sheep will run away when attacked.
TU7Added baby sheep.
Sheep can be bred with wheat.
TU9Sheep 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 became 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 drop raw mutton and—if killed with fire—they will drop cooked mutton.
Baby sheep growth can be accelerated using wheat.

Prior colors[edit]

Java Edition

Bedrock Edition


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


  • If a sheep spawner is placed via /setblock, the sheep model spinning inside will appear 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 will change 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.


Bedrock Edition[edit]

Official Artwork[edit]