The ewes are hornless, but in Africa the rams have very short, thick and somewhat goatlike horns.
Of England for crossing with ewes of the various black-faced horned mountain breeds to produce mutton of superior quality and to use the cross-ewes to breed to a pure longwool or sometimes a Down ram.
For this reason it has been the breed most in favour with breeders in all parts of the world for mating with Merino ewes and their crosses.
Its most notable success in recent years is on the Scottish and English borders, where, at the annual ram sales at Kelso, a greater number of rams is auctioned of this than of any other breed, to cross with flocks of LeicesterCheviot ewes especially, but also with Border Leicesters and three-parts-bred ewes.
One reason for this is the early date at which the ewes take the ram.