South African Persian
Persian, Blackhead persian
This breed is known for its fertility; has no lambing problems; has even temperament, low water intake, effective foraging ability, good walking ability, high quality soft leather (known as Cape glover) and provides excellent mother line for crossbreeding (Ramsay et al., s.d.).
This breed is considered to be of Somalian/Saudi-Arabian origin. The initial stock was introduced through a small group of sheep off a ship wrecked of the Cape coast in 1869. Somali traders along the eastern coast may have introduced more animals. The group had black heads but produced some progeny with red heads. Red and black speckled varieties also occur (Ramsay et al., s.d.).