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Health points





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% 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.


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.


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.


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.


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

jeb_ sheep[edit]

A sheep named jeb_.

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.


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.


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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

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. 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.minecraft:husbandry/bred_all_animals


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 regrow their wool.
Java Edition Indev
0.31December 23, 2009, 1Sheep no longer spawn naturally.
February 3, 2010Sheep now spawn again.
Sheep 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 drops unobtainable wool. However, casting a fishing rod drops 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.
1.8Pre-releaseSheep 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. 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_' cycles 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 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 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.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w37a5% of sheep will now spawn as babies.
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, 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 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 drop cooked mutton.

Sheep named as 'jeb_' cycle through all possible sheep colors in a fading rainbow effect. They 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 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 drop cooked mutton.
Baby sheep growth can be accelerated using wheat.

Prior colors



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 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.


Bedrock Edition[edit]

Official Artwork[edit]