United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc.
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.  In addition, breeders are working hard to overcome the sex link gene(s) which
results(s) in polled ewes who produce multi-horned sheep.  The goal is to produce
ewes which will actually 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.

Sheep which are registered in another recognized registry for multi-horned and multi-
horned producing sheep 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.

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.

REGISTRATION CLASSES FOR MULTI-HORNED HAIR SHEEP:

  • CLASS A - Both parents are Registered as Multi-horned Hair Sheep.  In
    addition, all great grandparents and grandparents are either Registered as
    Multi-horned Hair Sheep or exhibit 3+ horns.

  • CLASS B - Both parents are Registered as Multi-horned Hair Sheep.  In
    addition, all grandparents are either Registered as Multi-horned Hair Sheep or
    exhibit 3+ horns.

  • CLASS C - Both parents are Registered as Multi-horned Hair Sheep.

  • CLASS D - One parent is unknown but sheep (to be registered) has 3+ horns.  
    If sheep does not have 3+ horns, sheep may not be registered as a Multi-
    horned Hair Sheep.

  • CLASS E - Both parents are unknown. Sheep to be registered has 3+ horns.  If
    sheep does not have 3+ horns, sheep may not be registered as a Multi-horned
    sheep.

TRAITS REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION:

  • Rams must have horns.  If one or more parents are unknown, rams must
    display 3 or more horns.
  • Ewes may be horned or polled or scurred.  If one or more parents are unknown,
    ewes must display 3 or more horns.
  • Known background of the following hair sheep breeds: Painted Desert, Texas
    Dall, Black Hawaiian, Desert Sand, Mouflon, Corsican, American Blackbelly,
    Wiltshire Horn, NM Dahl, and NM Onate Sheep.
  • Known background of only the following wool breeds: Jacob, Horned
    Rambouillet, Merino (Horned), Horned Dorset, Navajo-Churro, and Manx
  • 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
  • Mature rams with no mane at any time
  • Tails reaching to the hocks


DISQUALIFICATIONS:

  • Sheep with known polled bloodlines
  • Sheep with known recent Big Horn or Alaskan Dall 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 -
    Jacob, Horned Rambouillet, Merino (Horned), Horned Dorset, Navajo-Churro,
    and Manx
  • 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 Multi-horned sheep 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.
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