Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

If you dye a sheep (say blue) and then shear it, when it regrows its wool, will it still be dyed (blue)?

share|improve this question
Do not shorn sheep stay shorn until death or despawn? – Raven Dreamer Jan 23 '11 at 19:38
@Raven - nice tongue twister you've got there! – ChrisF Jan 23 '11 at 19:48
I've never seen a shorn sheep respawn wool. I usually shear them too hard, stupid diamond sword. – glasnt Jan 23 '11 at 21:43
I suppose the first part of the question should be "does a shorn sheep regrow it's wool?". – ChrisF Jan 23 '11 at 21:51
They did in one of the earlier modes (survival? maybe?) But I don't think they do in Alpha/Beta. – Raven Dreamer Jan 23 '11 at 22:07
up vote 18 down vote accepted


I dyed a sheep orange,

enter image description here

sheared it,

enter image description here

and it regrew orange wool.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
This is a new behavior as of the 1.1 update ( which was released on 1/12/12. – andronikus Jan 12 '12 at 21:46
Sheep is simply enjoying the scenery, so peaceful. – Domocus Jan 12 '12 at 22:25
As a historical note, sheep retained their colour in 1.0.0 when shorn. Although they couldn't regrow their wool in that version, you could breed two shorn sheep, and their offspring would be the same colour as the parents. – Joe Dovahkiin Jan 13 '12 at 1:25

This answer is outdated as of the Minecraft 1.1 Patch


Because sheep cannot regrow their fur, they have no chance of being "permanently dyed."

share|improve this answer
Because sheep cannot regrow their wool, it is undeterminable as to whether they remain permanently dyed. – Raven Dreamer Jan 24 '11 at 1:54
I don't think that warranted a correction. – Ian Cordle Jan 24 '11 at 2:05
This answer is no longer accurate as of 1.1. – user3389 Jan 12 '12 at 21:33
While it is no longer accurate, I think that striking the entire answer through is unnecessary, and that the note at the top is quite enough. – dlras2 Jan 13 '12 at 1:39

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.