In this study, characterisation of dominant strains of lactic flora in traditional Urfa cheese made from sheep's milk was performed using biochemical, phenotypic and genotypic methods. According to the results obtained, the percentage distributions of the lactic acid bacteria isolated were as follows: 48.95% Enterococcus spp., 40.55% Lactococcus spp., 9.10% Lactobacillus spp., 0.69% Streptococcus spp. and 0.69% Leuconostoc spp. The majority of lactococcal isolates showed an atypical phenotype of growing in the presence of 6.5% NaCl. Acidification and bacteriocin production were also determined for each isolate. Four strains showed bacteriocin activity.