The UK Breed Standard was based originally on the French breed society’s (GEMO’s) standard and was last updated in 2022. A guide to its interpretation is available.
Fine and regular, the rams are horned; the bridge of the nose and forehead should form a continuous line. A slight bridge to the nose in the ram, flat or very slightly bridged in the ewe, not concave.
Bright and lively look, a prominent orbit to the eye
Fine, small, short, mobile, rounded at the tip and have a tendency to be carried pricked.
Dark for the blacks and browns, light for the whites, triangular in section, strong, curled in a single spiral, of large amplitude, not too close to the head.
Full and rounded, without dewlap. Toggles or wattles are permitted but not desirable.
Withers not prominent, deep chest.
A level top line from the withers to the base of the tail.
Short, above the hocks.
Slender, of medium length, well proportioned, good pasterns.
Hooves dark for the black and browns, light or dark for the whites
Adult Ram 49cm
Adult Ewe 46cm
Solid uniform colours are black, brown and white. In each colour a range of variation is allowed:
– in whites: a red base to a white fleece giving a light reddish aspect appearing mostly on the head, legs or the tail is acceptable.
– in white lambs: red or tan marks on the neck, legs and tail, sometimes covering the body are acceptable; marks usually diminish with age, but do not always disappear completely.
– black lambs may be lightly marked with white on the forehead (poll spot); marks usually diminish with age.
– colour changes due to bleaching, genetic dilution (fading) and age-greying are acceptable.
Present on the forehead, and partly on the cheeks. Covering all the body, descending at least to the knees and just to the hocks.
Fleece of primitive type, semi-closed, and well-packed, a staple of 8 -10cms for 12 months growth. Average thickness 25-28 microns. Rams may develop a collar or mane of longer coarser hair on the throat and nape of neck, which may be darker than fleece.
Alert and nimble with a smart active gait