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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.

First appearances

See History

Common drops

See Drops


Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7

Internal ID

JE: 91
BE: 13

Entity 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 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. 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 and animal pens in villages.‌[upcoming 1.14]


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, avoiding falling off cliffs high enough to cause damage, and usually staying out of water or lava. They can be heard bleating occasionally. They will try to jump over obstacles one block high, which causes strange and somewhat humorous behavior near fences, walls and similar blocks. 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, and can be sheared the same way when holding shears. Sheared sheep cannot be dyed until their wool grows back.

Eating grass[edit]

Sheep will eat grass blocks (turning them into dirt) and grass (destroying them). When they do this in sunlight (they do not require a direct view of the sky, but they do require it to be 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 with tall grass on it, but can eat the tall grass, making it disappear. They can then get to the grass next time they try to eat there. They will retain their wool color if it has been dyed before it was sheared, although the wool patches seen on a sheared sheep will be white regardless of their actual color. However, in the Bedrock, they will be dyed accordingly, and the white patches on the face will also be dyed. If an adult sheep has the opportunity, the chance of starting to eat grass is 1 in 1000 per game tick (1 in 50 regarding baby sheeps).

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

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.

Note: This is only a visual effect, as when it is sheared, the sheep will drop the same color of wool that it actually is.


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). However, 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 at random. 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.

The sheep will always share its color with one of its parents.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Data values[edit]

Sheep have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is sheep.

Sheep color



Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngThe Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryBreed a pair of one of these 11 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.[until 1.14].
Breed a pair of one of these 12 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.‌[upcoming 1.14]
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngTwo by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 11 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.[until 1.14]
Breed pairs of each of these 13 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.‌[upcoming 1.14]



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
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.
0.28 Sheep added, they 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
0.31 (December 23, 2009, 1) Sheep no longer spawn naturally.
0.31 (February 1, 2010, 1) Sheep spawn again.
Initially they appeared without wool, which was fixed in a later version. They then dropped gray wool upon being hit. Sheep also no longer drop mushrooms and don't eat grass.
Java Edition Infdev
June 27, 2010 Sheep drop white instead of gray wool.
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.2 In 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
1.2 Gray, light gray, and black sheep were added.
Colored sheep drop their corresponding wool color.
1.4 Sheep can rarely spawn in the color pink or brown.
1.7 Sheep 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
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3 Baby sheep were added.
Sheep can now breed.
Sheep have 4 hearts of health (formerly 5 hearts).
1.1 11w49a Sheep 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.
11w50a Baby sheep eat more than adult sheep.
1.2.1 12w07b The sheep eating animation in multiplayer was fixed.
Sheep have a new AI.
1.4.2 12w32a Sheep from spawn eggs can now spawn naturally-colored sheep (white, gray, brown, pink, etc.)
12w38a Added new step sounds.
1.4.4 1.4.3-pre Lambs will have a mix of the parents' colors, if the parents' colors are 'compatible' (able to be crafted together as dyes).
1.7.4 13w48b 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.
1.8 14w02a Baby sheep growth can be accelerated using wheat.
14w05b Sheep'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.
14w27a Sheep drop raw mutton and—if killed with fire—they will drop cooked mutton.
1.11 16w32a Changed entity ID from Sheep to sheep.
1.12 17w06a Sheep now look different when dyed to comply with the wool color changes.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.2.0 Added sheep.
0.6.0 Added 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.
0.7.0 Sheep spawn eggs are in creative mode.
0.8.0 build 2 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, will also change color (currently exclusive feature).
Improved sheep AI.
0.9.0 build 3 Sheep now graze on tallgrass.
0.11.0 build 1 Sheep coloration is now applied through shaders, rather than different textures.
0.12.0 Sheep are no longer bred using a Feed button as of the release of the Windows 10 Edition.
0.14.0 build 1 Baby zombie jockeys will now check for nearby sheep to mount prior to attacking the player, villager or golem.
0.15.0 build 1 Sheep 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 ?Sheep are now dyed using a Dye button.
1.1 alpha Sheep now look different when dyed to comply with the wool color changes.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.9 beta Adult sheep have a small chance to spawn already in love mode.
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.
  • 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]