The Southdown is a small, dual-purpose British sheep, raised primarily for meat. The Southdown breed was originally bred by John Ellman of Glynde, near Lewes, East Sussex, about 200 years ago. It was exported to New Zealand and was used in the breeding of the Canterbury lamb. This sheep was involved with crossbreeding to develop other breeds: with existing stock, the Hampshire, via the Hampshire, the Oxford Down. with the Norfolk Horn, the Suffolk.