Breed Standard

A breed standard is a set of guidelines which are used to ensure that the animals produced by a breeder conform to the specifics of the breed. It is the template to which the breed aspires.  Not all sheep are born with the correct features or markings and absence of these does not prevent the breeder from registering the animal, but nevertheless, that registered sheep may still be deemed not to meet the breed standard.

The Breed standard will be reviewed by the membership at the AGM in two years from the date of the inaugural meeting (4th September 2016)



There are no specific requirements for head or fleece markings, however efforts should be made to maintain a colour ratio within the range of 20 to 80% of any colour combination.

Black and/or white spots on all 4 legs must be clearly defined.

Black knees and feet are preferrable.



The head should be sharp, straight and wide between the eyes.

The ear position must be attentive. They should be placed horizontally to erectly.

Drooping ears are undesirable.



Mature rams and ewes – average 75 cm shoulder height.

A grown sheep should be sufficiently long.  The sheep must be able to take in adequate roughage to themselves and have ample space for meat development.



Mature, not pregnant and none lactating ewes or rams could average 75 kg 110 kg




Black and/or white spots on all 4 legs must be clearly defined.

The sheep must have good legs so that they are able to move well.

They should be of medium to fine bone and have correct pasterns. Pasterns that are too upright or collapsed are incorrect.

The legs should be hard and tight.

Correct posture includes straight and equidistantly placed legs, but should not be rotated inwards or outwards.

The front legs should be sufficiently wide apart.

The shoulder blades should be well connect.

Hoofs should be strong and dark requiring little maintenance.



Must be sufficiently deep leaving plenty of room for roughage intake and pregnancy.



Should be sufficiently wide to allow a smooth birth of lambs.



Should be straight, hollow dips or roach backs are undesirable.



Must be undocked, short of wool or clipped.



Wool should be short, curly and connected. The shaded part should be as close as possible to black in colour. Too large a variation in length between light and dark wool is not desirable.

Efforts should be made to maintain a colour ratio within the range of 20 to 80% of any colour combination.



Udders should have strong ligaments and a teat position that is not too far to the outside or to the rear. The teats should not be too coarse, and preferably not conical.



The testes should be well-developed, firm and of a similar size.

The testes must be apparent in a scrotum must not be partly or fully split.

The scrotum of a ram should be finely haired or clipped and not woolly.



The gait should be brisk, straight and springy.



It is most important that the teeth bite firmly and fully onto the pad on the upper jaw.

Overshot teeth that do not touch the pad should not be registered.



Sheep with conformation defects, including but not restricted to the following, should be excluded from registration:

     a) Over/Under shot jaws

     b) Twisted feet

     c) Poor conformation

     d) Blindness, blue, china or wall eyes, either total or partial

     e) Sexual defects - i.e. rams without two sufficiently developed testicles apparent in a single scrotum

     f) Docked tails


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