If not handled regular when young these sheep will not prefer
human contact and will be more on the wild side.
The Painted Desert Sheep is known for it's resistance to disease,
heat, and cold and extreme conditions. The flock owners should
make sure that his sheep receive regular immunizations, hoof
trimmings and dewormings as with any other animal. But managing
a herd is very easy with the hardiness of this breed. A three sided
shelter that provides shade during the summer, a dry place to lay on
cold wet nights, and protection from cold drafts and driving rain is
usually sufficient for this breed.
The size of these sheep can vary a good deal, due to the influence
of other breeds. There is no strict standard of this breed at this
time. Average Ewes can weight from 60-120 lbs and may have
heights from 21"-25" at the shoulders. Average Rams can weigh
75-200 lbs and may be 30" or more at the shoulders...
Ram taking a nap, he has his own
built in head rest
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When undisturbed the Painted Desert Sheep will tend to seperate in a
pasture, but at the first sign of a disturbance they will quickly flock
together for group protection. The flocking instinct is very strong in
this breed.
Normally a regular mesh type four foot fence will hold a flock of
painted desert sheep as long as they are comfortable with their
surroundings. But they can clear this height easily if panicked or
frightened by something. Make sure your fence is predator proof so
predators or dogs can not enter and panic sheep so they are not
forced to find a safer place to be, like on the other side of the fence.
Some type of guardian animal can also help to keep predators from
entering your pastures.  
Confining your sheep in a small stall or area with a 6ft fence is best
when working on them, to vaccinate, worm, etc., to prevent them
from escaping. They can easily be cornered for easy catching. The
smaller the area the better for easy catching.
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Even though naturally these sheep are considered "flighty or wild" they can be
very docile if handled from birth. Bottle feeding or daily handling is a good way
to have very docile sheep and highly recommend for the ewe lambs if people
want them as pets. But even when bottle fed if not handled regularly the lambs
can revert back to their wild side like the sheep they are running with once they
are weaned. Bottle lambs tend to be one person animals, preferring the person
that raised them or people they are around regular, but sometimes will not be as
friendly with other strange people. Bottle feeding or extreme taming of ram
lambs can cause problems later in life because they have no fear of humans and
can become aggressive much earlier. If you want a ram to keep as a pet that is
bottle fed or handled a lot, castration is the best option for a good temperament,
although this will prevent the horn growth in males.
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This breed has a good jumping ability and are a lot like deer in this
aspect. Many breeders have nick named them "Flying Sheep"
because of their ability to 'fly' through the air with ease.
But even older sheep can be tamed down and taught to lead if
trained properly and worked with correctly. Many PDSS members
have taken mother raised wild sheep not handled when young and
trained them to perform in the show ring with great success even
after they reached adulthood. Proper training techniques can work
on almost any animal to tame them down for ease of handling and
controlling them if need be.