United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc.
BACKGROUND/HERITAGE:
Corsican are a naturally shedding, colored 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 recent 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,
American Blackbelly, Corsican, Mouflon, Horned Rambouliet, Merino,  or Navajo
Churro, sheep breeds.  To maintain the color patterns of the Corsican Sheep, wool
sheep parent breeds such as the Jacob which may cause spotting 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,
Corsican sheep must consist of 1/8th or less of parent wool breeds and meet all other
breed standards.

Corsican Sheep which are directly bred from wool lines and include only Horned
Rambouilet, Merino, or Navajo Churro, wool sheep parent 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.

NON STANDARD COLOR PRODUCING CORSICANS
What to do when sheep which are registered as Corsicans when mated with another
registered Corsican Sheep, produces non standard coloring.  Are these non standard
color producers then still considered Corsican Sheep or are the offspring simply
expressing a color phase?  For UHHSA and the Corsican Sheep Registry Division  
purposes at this time, a Corsican Sheep will be defined as a sheep with the above
described coloring and patterns which, when bred to sheep with the same above
described coloring and patterns  normally produces offspring within the 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 Corsican 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 Corsican Sheep.  UHHSA and the Corsican Sheep Registry expects it’s members to
fully disclose any known spotting or non standard coloring that exists in their Corsican
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 Corsican
breeding program

If Any Sheep are produced which do not meet the color standards for the Corsican
Sheep 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.


TRAITS REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION:
  • Rams must have horns
  • Known background of only Black Hawaiian,  Mouflon, Corsican, or American
    Blackbelly Sheep 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
  • No white coloring except as part of the Mouflon Pattern or Badger face


TRAITS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST (considered a fault):
  • 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


DISQUALIFICATIONS:
  • 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
  • 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
    pad
  • Evidence of cross breeding shown by physical appearance of breeds which are
    not included in the history or background of the Corsican 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 nonstandard coloring in pedigrees


NOTES:
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.
CORSICAN SHEEP REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS