The sheep was recognized by its fat, fleshy tail. It was mentioned that in making an offering, the sacrificer should:

Lev 3:9 'Then he shall offer from the sacrifice of the peace offering, as an offering made by fire to the LORD, its fat and the whole fat tail which he shall remove close to the backbone. And the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails,

The color of the wool was normally white (Ps 147; Is 1:18), with brown or black legs and head.

Sheep are described in the Bible as kind-hearted, not wilful, fearful, defenceless, patient in suffering (Is 53:6-7; Jer 11:19; Ps 119:176).

The sheep was useful because of its milk (Deut 32:14), Its meat (1Sam 25:18), and its wool, which was woven into cloth (Job 31:19, 20).