Dor·​per | \ ˈdȯrpər\

Definition of Dorper

1 : a breed of mutton-type sheep with white body and black face and a pelt of mingled wool and hair developed in South Africa by crossing the blackhead Persian and the Dorset Horn breeds
2 or dorper plural Dorpers or dorpers : any sheep of the Dorper breed

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History and Etymology for Dorper

Dorset Horn + Persian (sheep)

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