Our Jacob Rams
and A little History
The Jacob is a very ancient breed of sheep and their actual origins are not known, but it is thought to have originated in what we now know as Syria, almost 3000 years ago. Some claim that the Jacob sheep are related to Moorish sheep, which came from Spain or Africa. By far the most popular origins are Genesis 30: 35 which tells how Jacob took every speckled and spotted sheep from Laban’s flock.
In the East, the dominant color sheep were pure white, and by far the most plentiful. However, sheep that were speckled or spotted have recessive colors and were scarce, probably no more than ten to twenty percent of the total flock. Laban had already taken all the spotted sheep with him three days ahead of Jacob, and by doing so had stacked the genetic odds against him. Dominant color animals would produce few, if any, recessive color off-spring, thus limiting Jacob from ever being able to build his own flock. Jacob was willing to begin with the very minimum and was seemingly putting himself at a great disadvantage, but we know that’s not how it ended.