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1927 Shetland Sheep Standard

Description and Scale of Points      Score - 100
Reproduced from the Shetland Flock Book Society
Bye-Laws & Regulations
Objects & Standard of the Society 1927

9

(Horned or Hornless)

General character and appearance

5

Medium length of face from eyes to muzzle, nose prominent but not Roman, small mouth

Face

9

Head

Good width between ears, tapering rapidly to base of nose, which should be broad and with little taper to the muzzle, hollow between cheeks and nose well marked  

3

Full, bright, and active look

Eyes

4

Fine, medium size, set well back, carried slightly above the horizontal

Ears

4

Full, tapers into a fairly broad chest

Neck

6

Well set, top level with back

Shoulders

5

Medium width and deep

Chest

9

Level, with as much width as possible

Back

4

Well sprung and well ribbed up

Ribs

5

Good width, with well tuned rounded hips

Rump

Fluke tail. Wool at root forming the broad rounded part, and tapering suddenly to barely covered fine point. This is a strong character, and any crossing is easily made out by it. Length varies according to the size of sheep, rarely exceeds six inches, or thereby

Tail

 

9

4

Light, but very fine in quality

Legs of Mutton

2

Varies according to colour of wool. In white no blue or black colouring

Skin

Extra fine and soft texture, longish, wavy, and well closed. Wool on forehead and poll tapering into neck, likewise wool on cheeks. Colours: white, black or brown , moorit (from reddish to fawn). Greys (including Sheila). Other known colours - Mirkface (brownish spots on face); Catmogit (dark under parts from muzzle to tail and legs), Burrit (light underparts); also Blaegit, Fleckit, and Sholmit​

Wool

 

20

2

Alert and nimble, with a smart active gait

Carriage

DISQUALIFICATIONS

 

(a) Long heavy tail, broad to point

 

(b) Bad wool, coarse and open

 

(c) Very coarse wool on breeches

 

(d) Deformities of jaws

 

(e) Undersized animals

 

(f) Defective coloured or badly shaped animals as sires

 

(g) White hairs in moorit and black, and dark hairs in white wool

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