United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc.
Black Hawaiian Sheep are a naturally shedding, all black hair sheep with Mouflon
Sheep influence in ancestry. All rams must have horns, and the ewes are allowed to
have horns although most ewes are polled. Rams must not exhibit scurs instead of
horns, while ewes with scurs are acceptable.

The Sheep should not contain, to the best knowledge of the owner, any polled blood
or other types of polled bloodlines, including but not limited to Dorper, Katahdin, and
St. Croix sheep breeds. Horned Ancestry bloodlines accepted are Mouflon, American
Blackbelly, Corsican, Horned Rambouliet, Merino, or Navajo Churro.  Because of the
chance for spotting, the parent wool breeds which may produce spotting in the
progeny should probably not be used.

While the original crosses occurred several decades ago, some breeders may wish to
create new bloodlines using one or more of the parent wool breeds. To be registered,
Black Hawaiian sheep must consist of 1/8th or less of parent wool breeds and meet all
other breed standards.

Black Hawaiian Sheep which are directly bred from wool lines and include only Horned
Rambouilet, Merino, or Navajo Churro wool sheep breeds, must completely shed and
additional pictures showing the completely shed sheep may be required for
registration if the pictures submitted does not clearly show the sheep shedding or
having shed.

Information about any known background of the ancestral breeds should be included
in pedigrees with their percentages of the breeds noted to assist breeders in choosing
bloodlines. If a sheep is unregistered, the animal should be clearly labeled as
unregistered. This information should include any known wool breeds in the bloodlines.

What to do when sheep which are registered as Black Hawaiian when mated with
another registered Black Hawaiian Sheep, produces non standard coloring.  Are these
non standard color producers then still considered Black Hawaiian Sheep or are the
offspring simply expressing a color phase?  For UHHSA and the Black Hawaiian
Registry Division  purposes at this time, a Black Hawaiian Sheep will be defined as an
all black sheep which, when bred to all black sheep normally produces all black sheep
and which has no known spotting genetics in the known pedigrees of the sheep.

While some market opportunities do not require such distinction, for registration and
breeding purposes of a Black Hawaiian Sheep, production of spotting and color
variances in addition to the allowable colors listed above should matter and is highly
discriminated against.  Animals displaying nonstandard coloring will not be eligible for
registration as a Black Hawaiian Sheep.  UHHSA and the Black Hawaiian Registry
expects it’s members to fully disclose any known spotting or non standard coloring
that exists in their Black Hawaiian Flocks and work on minimizing spotting and the
chance for spotting or non standard coloring to the best of their abilities.

While each shepherd needs to make decisions on their flock management, it is
strongly suggested that if a registered ram or registered ewe is shown to produce non
standard coloring with different mates, that the sheep be removed from the Black
Hawaiian breeding program

If Any Sheep are produced which do not meet the color standards for the Black
Hawaiian Registry, PLEASE consider registering them with the Painted Desert
Registry division of UHHSA if they match the Painted Desert Breed Standard or
another division within UHHSA if they match the division’s Breed Standards.

  • Rams must have horns
  • All black coat. United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc., reserves the right to
    request additional photos showing horns, coat or other attributes of the sheep
    for which registration or recording is requested.
  • Gray or white muzzle or graying around the eyes is acceptable at this time as
    this may be due to aging
  • Known background of only Mouflon, American Blackbelly and wool parent
    breeds of Horned Rambouilet, Merino, and Navajo Churro
  • 1/8th or less of wool parent breeds
  • Sheep at maturity normally exhibiting shedding ability

  • Rams’ horns which touch the face at maturity
  • For multi horned animals - fused horns
  • Extra Teats on ewes
  • Slight under or over bite, with teeth just barely touching the edge of the dental
  • Sheep which do not shed out completely at maturity on a general basis
  • Mature rams with no mane at any time
  • Tails reaching to the hocks

  • Sheep with known polled bloodlines
  • Rams which are polled or have scurs at maturity
  • Tails past the hocks
  • Docked tails
  • Sheep with more than 1/8th known wool breeding from the parent breeds -
    Horned Rambouliet, Merino, Navajo Churro
  • Sheep with any known wool breeding from any non-parent wool breed
  • Hermaphroditism
  • One or both testicles not descended
  • Severe under or over bite, with distinct space between teeth and edge of dental
  • Evidence of cross breeding shown by physical appearance of breeds which are
    not included in the history or background of Black Hawaiian Sheep such as
    Suffolk, Hampshire, Dorper, Katahdin, St Croix, etc.
  • Entropion (inverted eye lids) or other genetic eyelid defects
  • Naturally occurring droopy or floppy ears on adults
  • Known spotted genetics or other recent non standard color ancestors other
    than what is listed as acceptable
  • Distinct variegated coloring in the horns or the hooves. Not to be confused with
    a washing out of color due to aging.

Sheep with Disqualifying traits are not eligible for registration and will be denied
registration. Excessive Discriminating traits of an individual sheep may render that
sheep ineligible for registration if, at the inspectors and board of directors discretion,
such traits seriously challenge the breed identity.
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Active Members of UHHSA are permitted to use information on their website to help in
ethical and honest promotion and education about the breeds represented.  However,
a link to this website should be provided.

Pictures are copyrighted by owners of the sheep pictured and permission will need to
be sought to use the pictures.