United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc.
A HISTORY

Because of the influence of Jacob and Navajo-Churro Sheep (wool breeds), certain
bloodlines of Painted Desert, Texas Dall, Black Hawaiian, Desert Sand, and Corsican
Sheep have displayed more than two horns (Polycerate horns). The sheep which
visibly display the polycerate horns have been tracked in the UHHSA pedigrees
using the designation MH for the multi-horned sheep.

Some breeders have singled the multi-horned sheep out and bred pedigrees with
nothing but shedding sheep that are producing and/or displaying 3, 4, 5, and 6
horns. Breeders are also working hard to overcome the sex link gene(s) which result
(s) in polled ewes which produce multi-horned sheep. The goal is to produce ewes
which will display either 2 or more horns while continuing to shed their winter coats
and exhibit a slick summer hair coat so shearing remains unnecessary.

In 2012, the Board of Directors of the United Horned Hair Sheep Association chose
to recognize the efforts of the multi-horned hair sheep breeders by creating a single,
unique breed division specifically for multi-horned hair sheep without regard to color
or color pattern displayed. While some of these special sheep may still be
recorded/registered as Painted Desert, Texas Dall, Black Hawaiian, Corsican, or
Desert Sand Sheep if they meet the breed standards and registration requirements
of those breeds, many breeders simply prefer to keep their multi-horned sheep as
an unique and separate but related breed.

Recognizing the Multi-horned breed is in it’s infancy stage, the Board of Directors
chose to allow breeders the opportunity to produce the best multi-horned sheep
possible.  The Board of Directors chose to define the background of registerable
Multi-horned Sheep as those sheep with only the following hair/shedding sheep
breeds in the known background/pedigrees: Painted Desert, Texas Dall, Black
Hawaiian, Desert Sand, Mouflon, Corsican, American Blackbelly, Wiltshire Horn, NM
Dahl, and NM Onate Sheep.

Bighorn and Alaskan Dall sheep are not allowed in recent known pedigrees.

Some breeders may have used wool breeds in the known sheep
background/pedigrees.  These wool breeds are limited to the following wool sheep
breeds: Jacob, Horned Rambouillet, Merino (Horned), Horned Dorset, Navajo-
Churro, and Manx.  However, registerable Multi-horned Sheep must contain 1/8th or
less wool breeds, display a hair coat and shed completely.

Sheep which have polled sheep breeds or other sheep breeds in the known
pedigrees do not meet the other breed division requirements.

With setting definitions of the breed, UHHSA hopes to enable Multi-horned Sheep
breeders to utilize the best sheep to create and fulfill their breeding goals.  Now all of
these multi-horned and multi-horn producing sheep will have a well-deserved place
with UHHSA.

Multi-horned and multi-horned producing sheep which are registered with another
recognized registry are qualified for registration in the UHHSA Multi-horned Hair
Sheep Breed Registry providing UHHSA Breed Standards and Registration
Requirements are met.

Sheep which are dual registered with other recognized registries may also be dually
registered with UHHSA as long as UHHSA Breed Standards and Registration
Requirements are met.  Please read carefully the registration
requirements/standards of the breed divisions to determine if your sheep meets the
requirements for dually registered sheep.  UHHSA registered Painted Desert Sheep,
Texas Dall Sheep, Black Hawaiian Sheep, Corsican Sheep, and Desert Sand Sheep
which display 3 or more horns may be dually registered as Multi-horned Hair Sheep
if desired.


OFFICIAL BREED RECOGNITION

At the membership meeting held January 26, 2013, the membership voted to
recognize and add the Multi-horned Hair Sheep Registry Division to UHHSA, Inc, in
official recognition and acceptance of multi-horned breed efforts.

The United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc. was formed and incorporated as a member
owned and operated,
non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and providing education
about the breeds of sheep it represents: Painted Desert, Texas Dall, Black Hawaiian, Desert
Sand, Corsican, Multi-horned Hair, New Mexico Dahl, and Mouflon.
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HISTORY of the MULTI-HORNED HAIR SHEEP (4 Horn Sheep) BREED