Merino is a breed of sheep originally from southern Portugal. The breed is the result of the evolution of the merina specimens that existed at the beginning of the 20th century in the south of Portugal where black animals predominated.

The production of wool motivated crossbreeding with improved breeds such as the precocious merino (a French breed developed from the Merino de (Rambouillet). Currently, the breed has its highest production in Australia and New Zealand.

One of the many advantages of merino wool is that it keeps you warm without making you sweat. It is thermoregulatory and will provide you with plenty of warmth. Merino wool also has antibacterial properties which is why it does not retain odours.