The British Isles has many breeds of sheep, some recently introduced and some have existed here for centuries. The Welsh Mountain Sheep can be termed as an umbrella description to describe many of the breeds indigenous to Wales.
Through breeding and selection over the centuries the Welsh Mountain has developed into many distinct breeds: the Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep being one of these.
The Balwen Welsh Mountain sheep is a small very hardy breed. They are easy to manage, having few of the health problems associated with many of today's larger breeds of sheep. They have excellent feet, requiring very little attention, and can get by with only a minimum of supplementary feeding at peak times of the year.