United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc.

BACKGROUND/HERITAGE:
Sheep within this division are the results of efforts of breeders through the years to
increase body size and horn basal circumference, utilizing native or primitive sheep
along with the Black Hawaiian, Corsican, Desert Sand, Mouflon, Multi-horned hair,
Painted Desert, and Texas Dall Sheep. While called the American Heavy Horned
Division, this does not limit influences to breeds classified as “heavy horned” versus
“thin horned” in literature as some literature classifies Alaskan Dall as “thinhorn”.  The
name of the division is a recognition of shepherds’ goals of increased basal
circumference.

All rams must have horns, and the ewes are allowed to be horned, polled, or scurred.
Rams must not exhibit scurs instead of horns.

The Sheep should not contain, to the best knowledge of the owner, any polled
bloodlines, including but not limited to Dorper, Katahdin, and St. Croix sheep breeds.
The sheep should have a known background of only Painted Desert, Black Hawaiian,
Desert Sand, Texas Dall, Corsican, Mouflon, Multi-horned Hair, and wool parent
breeds of Horned Rambouillet, Horned Merino, Horned Dorset, Jacob, and Navajo
Churro in addition to the noted Bighorn, Stumberg Alaskan Dall or other primitive
breeds (at the discretion of UHHSA, Inc.).

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.

Classifications: (may have more than one)

    A = Alaskan Dall influence
    B = Bighorn influence with subclasses below based on the classification in Toweill
            and Geist (1999) for breeders usage:
            R = Rocky Mountain Bighorn – larger blocky bodies, with heavy horns and
                   tending more toward a tighter curl.
            C = California Bighorn – smaller bodies, horns wider curls
            D = Desert Bighorn – smaller bodies
    S = Stumberg influence (Mouflon and Argali)
   O = Other influence

TRAITS REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION:
  • Rams must have horns
  • 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.
  • Known background of only Painted Desert, Black Hawaiian, Desert Sand, Texas
    Dall, Corsican, Mouflon, Multi-horned Hair, and wool parent breeds of Horned
    Rambouillet, Horned Merino, Horned Dorset, Jacob, and Navajo Churro in
    addition to the noted known Bighorn, Stumberg Alaskan Dall or other primitive
    breeds (at the discretion of UHHSA, Inc.).
  • 1/8th or less of wool parent breeds
  • Sheep at maturity normally exhibiting shedding ability

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
  • Tails reaching to the hocks

DISQUALIFICATIONS:
  • 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
  • Sheep with any known wool breeding from any non-parent wool breed
  • Hermaphroditism
  • One or both testicles not descended
  • Severe under or overbite, with distinct space between teeth and edge of dental
    pad
  • Evidence of crossbreeding shown by physical appearance of breeds which are
    not included in the history or background of sheep in this division such as
    Suffolk, Hampshire, Dorper, Katahdin, St Croix, etc.
  • Entropion (inverted eyelids) or other genetic eyelid defects
  • Naturally occurring droopy or floppy ears on adults


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.


References
Toweill, D. E., & Geist, V. (1999). Return of Royalty: Wild Sheep of North America.
    Missoula, MT: Boone and Crockett Club & Foundation for North American Wild
    Sheep.
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AMERICAN HEAVY HORNED SHEEP BREED
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS