Sheep and Goat Behavior, Emotion, and Intelligence
They wag their tails like dogs, they know their names, and they form strong bonds with people (unless they come to us traumatized, as some do) and other goats and sheep.
Can sheep learn their names?
Like dogs, sheep can learn their own name and even do tricks.
Do sheep follow their shepherd?
Generally speaking: sheep don’t follow a shepherd. They might follow someone who gave them tasty food in the past, if he happens to have something similar with him. Most shepherds explain to their dogs where they want the sheep to go, and the dogs herd the sheep in that direction.
Can sheep recognize voices?
Work has established that maternal ewes learn to recognise the voices of their lambs and vice versa quite quickly after birth (Shillito 1975, 1978). We have been able to demonstrate in behavioural choice maze experiments some ability of sheep to distinguish between sheep and human voices (Kendrick et al. 1995).
How do you call a sheep?
An adult female is referred to as a ewe (/juː/), an intact male as a ram, occasionally a tup, a castrated male as a wether, and a young sheep is a lamb.