United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc.
Desert Sand Sheep are a naturally shedding, generally light to dark shades of
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.

Desert Sand Sheep have been called Red Dalls and Champagne Dalls.  To some the
different coloring and lighter face and extremities are just a color phase of the all white
Texas Dalls.  To others, the different coloring is indicative of something other than the
pure white of the Texas Dall sheep in the background, such as possibly some Black
Hawaiian or American Blackbelly or  close Mouflon influence.

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 Texas Dall,  
Mouflon, American Blackbelly, Corsican, Black Hawaiian, Horned Rambouliet, Merino,
or Navajo Churro.  Because of the chance for spotting, it is suggested that the parent
wool breeds which may produce spotting in the progeny not be used.  It is not a
disqualification at this time to have sheep with Jacob (a spotted wool breed) or
Painted Desert Sheep in the pedigrees; however, the goal is to produce sheep with
the coloring of the Desert Sand Sheep and the spotted genetics might interfere with
that goal.

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,
Desert Sand sheep must consist of 1/8th or less of parent wool breeds and meet all
other breed standards.

Desert Sand Sheep which are directly bred from wool lines and include only the listed
parent 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 Desert Sand when mated with
another Desert Sand Sheep, produces non-standard coloring.  Are these color
producers then still considered Desert Sand Sheep or are the offspring simply
expressing a color phase?  For UHHSA and the Desert Sand Sheep Registry Division  
purposes at this time, a Desert Sand Sheep will be defined as a light to dark colored
champagne, cinnamon, or copper colored sheep which, when bred to the same
normally produces the same standard coloring 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 Desert Sand 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 Desert Sand Sheep.  UHHSA and the Desert Sand Registry expects it’
s members to fully disclose any known spotting or other non standard coloring that
exists in their Desert Sand Flocks and work on minimizing spotting and the chance for
spotting or other 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
nonstandard coloring with different mates, that sheep be removed from the Desert
Sand breeding program.

If Any Sheep are produced which do not meet the color standards for the Desert Sand
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
  • Light to dark shades of Champagne, Cinnamon, and Copper
  • No distinct black spots or other distinct spotting on the nose or nose pads or
    body, however white saddle patches from strong Mouflon influence is allowed
  • Known background of only Texas Dall, Desert Sand (Red Dalls, Champagne
    Dalls), Mouflon, and wool parent breeds of Horned Rambouilet, Merino, and
    Navajo Churro
  • At this time Jacob wool ancestry as well as Hair ancestry of Black Hawaiian,
    American Blackbelly, Corsican, and Painted Desert is accepted
  • 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 normal basis
  • Mature rams with no mane at any time
  • Tails reaching to the hocks
  • Sheep with close spotting genetics

  • Sheep with known recent 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, or Jacob
  • 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 Desert Sand 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
  • Black horns or extremely contrasted variegated horns

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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ethical and honest promotion and education about the breeds represented.  However,
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be sought to use the pictures.