The Rasa Aragonesa sheep is the second most important Spanish breed after the Merino breed. Spanish sheep breeds of medium quality wool are considered to have originated from the crossbreeding of fine-wool strains (Merino) and those with coarse wool (Churra and Lacha), though this viewpoint is overly simplistic.
The Rasa Aragonesa breed, which owes its name to the region where it is of most importance, as well as to the length of its wool ("rasa" = threadbare), is raised mainly for its meat. Among the outstanding qualities of the Rasa Aragonesa are its high degree of ruggedness, gregarious instinct, pasturing ability, and adaptability to the harsh environment in which it is raised.
Breed category: dual-purpose, medium wool