Breed Standard

 The UK Breed Standard was based originally on the French breed society's (GEMO's) standard and was last updated in 2020.  Notes on its interpretation are under development.

FEATURE      

DESCRIPTION

HEAD

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.

EYES

Bright and lively look, a prominent orbit to the eye.

EARS

Fine, small, short, mobile, rounded at the tip and have a tendency to be carried pricked.

HORNS

Dark for the blacks and browns, light for the whites, triangular in section, strong, curled in a single spiral, of large amplitude, a good distance from the head.  

NECK

Full and rounded, without dewlap.   Toggles or wattles are permitted but not desirable.

TRUNK

Withers not prominent, deep chest.

BACK

A level top line from the withers to the base of the tail.

RUMP

Wide.

TAIL

Short, above the hocks.

LEGS

Slender, of medium length, well proportioned, good pasterns.  
Hooves dark for the black and browns, light or dark for the whites

HEIGHT

MAXIMUM

Adult Ram 49cm
Adult Ewe 46cm

OPTIMUM

Adult Ram 42-48cm Yearling Ram 40-46cm
Adult Ewe 40-45cm Yearling Ewe 38-44cm

BODY COLOUR

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.
- in adults limited spotting is permitted but not desirable. One or two spots on the body and/or the fleece may be tolerated up to 1” (2.5cm) in diameter (50p piece)*

FLEECE

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.

CARRIAGE

Alert and nimble with a smart active gait

 Reasons for Disqualification

Over height
Overdeveloped legs, poor pasterns, poor hooves.
Horns too asymmetrical, too frail, too tight or too wide apart.
Absence of horns in rams. Presence of horns in ewes (Note: tiny hornbuds, without any bony plate, are not considered a fault).
Tail too long, ears too large, nose arched in the ewe, too arched in the ram.
Non uniform, piebald colours.
Excessive colour spotting*
Tail docking is not allowed
Single births are a characteristic of the breed. Although not grounds for disqualification, twin births are exceptional and undesirable.

*The committee is reviewing the standard in regard to spotting and will report back to the 2021 AGM