Goats are all the rage these days. You've probably seen your local gym and/or farm offering goat yoga. You've seen the videos of baby goats in pajamas. (If you haven't, why not?). And no respectable cheese plate worth its weight in Instagram likes is complete without a little pat of goat cheese nestled between apricot jam and Marcona almonds.
Well, it's time for goats to step aside because a new cutest barnyard animal is coming to take the cutest barnyard crown from right off their horned little heads, maybe even mid-downward dog.
Lambs are definitely cute, but once they grow up, most people don't think much about the wooly animals that lumber around fields. In fact, you may go so far to say that sheep are kind of...well, creepy. They lack the charisma of goats but still have the weird slit eye thing that makes them look a little bit like zombies. And their low baa bellowing across a field can sound downright eerie.
When you think of sheep, you probably think of something like this.
via: ShutterstockWhite, wooly, slightly judgy for some reason.
Sheep can be cute, look at this guy.
via: ShutterstockBut let's be honest here, they aren't exactly the animal that springs to mind when you think "adorable farm creature".
If you were at a petting zoo and you could pet a sheep or a llama, you would probably pick the llama, right?
via: ShutterstockNothing against sheep, but maybe they just don't have as good PR as some of the other farm animals.
What about Highland cattle?
And have you ever seen a baby donkey?
via: ShutterstockThey are shockingly cute.
And you really can't get cuter than ducklings.
via: ShutterstockMaybe every farm animal is the cutest?!
So back to the sheep. Calling someone a "sheep" doesn't have a great connotation.
I'm a fan of Sheep...But normally, sheep don't get a ton of love.
Yet finally, sheep are having their moment on the internet.Thanks to the internet's obsession with a breed of sheep so cute, it looks like a stuffed animal.
Or maybe you'd call them more of a muppet character?Whatever you call them, they definitely do not look real.
Meet the Valais Blacknose Sheep.Yes, these are actual real sheep, not giant sheep someone crocheted and put under a tree.
The cutest sheep in the whole wide world.
The Valais Blacknose Sheep were originally bred in Switzerland.
However, it wasn't until recently that any Valais Blacknose Sheep were introduced outside of Switzerland.
Since their wool is so thick, it's not usually used for clothing.
It gets pretty cold in the Swiss Alps, so in the winter they need their thick wooly coats to stay warm.
In Switzerland, Valais Blacknose sheep are sent up to the mountains to graze in the summer.
Not only are the sheep cute, they are also friendlier than your average sheep.
So if you are looking at these photos screaming "I want one as a pet!", you could actually have a pet Valais Blacknose.
While the sheep are very popular in Switzerland, they are hard to find in other countries.
And the Valais weren't introduced to America until 2018.
Valais is one of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland.
via: ShutterstockIt's where the Matterhorn is located.
Walking around the Alps with these guys all around you seems like an absolute dream.
via: ShutterstockIs anyone else already about to Google "how much is a plane ticket to Switzerland"?
Valais Blacknose sheep are definitely the cutest sheep in the world.
And they're definitely having a moment.
via: ShutterstockThey deserve it because they are absolutely perfect!