Painted Desert Sheep are a naturally shedding, spotted 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 Black Hawaiian, Texas Dall, Desert Sand, American Blackbelly,
Corsican, Mouflon, Horned Rambouliet, Merino, Navajo Churro, or Jacob sheep breeds.

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

Painted Desert Sheep which are directly bred from wool lines and include only Horned Rambouilet,
Merino, Navajo Churro, or Jacob wool sheep breeds, must completely shed and additional pictures
showing the completely shed sheep may be required for registration if the picture 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.

•Rams must have horns
•At least 2 colors with a separately distinguishable area of white which shows on registration photos.
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.
•Solid colored and sheep without separately distinguishable area of white which shows on registration
photos or who are solid white color may be RECORDED if both parents are registered Painted Desert
Sheep or if one parent is Registered and the other parent is Recorded
•Known background of only Painted Desert, Texas Dall, Black Hawaiian, Desert Sand, Mouflon, Corsican
Sheep and wool parent breeds of Horned Rambouilet, Merino, Jacob, 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 pad
•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 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
•One or both testicles not descended
•Severe under or over bite, with distinct space between teeth and edge of dental pad
•Evidence of cross breeding shown by physical appearance of breeds which are not included in the
history or background of Painted Desert Sheep such as Suffolk, Hampshire, Dorper, Katahdin, St Croix,
•Entropion (inverted eye lids) or other genetic eyelid defects
•Naturally occurring droopy or floppy ears on adults
•Any solid colored sheep born from two Recorded Parents or with one parent which is not Registered or

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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