The full name of this breed is Badger Face Welsh Mountain and has been grazing the welsh hills since records began. It is not known where the breed inherited its distinctive markings which are in reverse (mainly black with white markings) in some numbers. The white animals (with black markings) are in the majority probably due to the requirements of the cloth trade in the Middle Ages which caused farmers to breed in favour of the white fleeces.
In more recent years, the Badger Face breed has proved itself as a commercially viable sheep, ideal for both small and commercial flocks. It requires low maintenance to successfully produce lambs and, if not bred pure, ewes are often crossed with continental or Suffolk rams to produce fat lambs. In spite of its relatively small size the breed produces meat of high quality with excellent texture and flavour.