The 1927 Breed Standard

Description and Scale of Points

(Score out of 100)

General character
& appearance

Horned or hornless

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.

9

Face

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

5

Eyes

Full, bright, and active look. 

3

Ears

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

4

Neck

Full, tapers into a fairly broad chest. 

4

Shoulders

Well set, top level with back. 

6

Chest

Medium width and deep. 

5

Back

Level, with as much width as possible. 

9

Ribs

Well sprung and well ribbed up. 

4

Rump

Good width, with well turned rounded hips.

5

Tail

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. 

 9

Legs of mutton

Light, but very fine in quality.

4

Skin

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

2

Wool

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 Shaela). Other known colours - Mirkface (brownish spots on face); Katmoget (dark under parts from muzzle to tail and legs), Burrit (light underparts); also Blaget, Flecket, and Sholmet. 

20

Carriage

Alert and nimble, with a smart active gait. 

2

TOTAL POINTS

 

100

Disqualifications

  • Long heavy tail, broad to point.
  • Bad wool, coarse and open.
  • Very coarse wool on breeches.
  • Deformities of jaws.
  • Undersized animals.
  • Defective coloured or badly shaped animals as sires.
  • White hairs in moorit and black, and dark hairs in white.
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Reproduced from The Shetland Flock Book Society Bye-Laws & Regulations 1927 'Objects & Standard of the Society' 

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