Minecraft How To

How To Breed Sheep In Minecraft

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to breed sheep in Minecraft with our step-by-step instructions and how-to video.

We cover what you need to feed sheep to get them to breed, how often you can breed them, and how to grow your baby sheep (lamb) faster.

Minecraft sheep are a passive mob that is a source of wool and mutton.

Breeding Sheep Video Tutorial

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Available Platforms

Edition Platform Available
Java Edition Windows, Mac & Linux PC's Yes
Bedrock Edition Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows 10 PC's Yes
Education Edition Mac, iOs 12, Windows 10 PC's Yes
PlayStation Edition PlayStation 3 & 4 Yes

Required To Breed Sheep

Steps To Breed Sheep

1. Find Two Sheep To Breed

We first need to find two sheep to start the breeding process. If you're having trouble finding sheep you can summon them with a cheat or use a spawn egg.

Find Two Sheep To Breed

We need the sheep to remain close to each other, so it's a good idea to fence them in.

2. Feed The Sheep Wheat

Next, with the sheep next to each other, we need to feed each sheep wheat. Select the wheat in your Hotbar and feed each sheep separately using the following game controls:

  • Java Edition (PC/Mac), Windows 10 Edition, Education Edition: right click on the sheep.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): tap on the sheep.
  • Xbox 360, Xbox One: press the LT button.
  • PS3, PS4: press the L2 button.
  • Wii U, Nintendo Switch: press the ZL button

After feeding the sheep the wheat, you'll notice red hearts appear. This signifies that the sheep are entering love mode.

Feed The Sheep Wheat

Once the red hearts disappear, a baby sheep (lamb) will appear. You'll notice the baby sheep is the same color as the parents, however, if the parents are different but compatible colors, the baby will be a combination of the two.  For example, red sheep and yellow sheep will create orange baby sheep (JAVA edition only).

It typically takes about 20 minutes for the baby sheep to become an adult sheep. However, you can speed up that process by feeding the lamb wheat.

And you must wait 5 minutes before your adult sheep will be able to breed again.

How to breed sheep in Minecraft

That's how to breed sheep in Minecraft! Minecraft sheep are a passive mob that is a source of wool and mutton.

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