Breeding Babydoll Sheep in Australia
The Breed Standard of Babydolls In Australia
The Breed Standard for Babydoll Southdown Sheep in Australia, as determined by the OEBSSAA Inc, is:
Head: Wide and level between the ears, with no sign of a dark poll.
Muzzle and Face: The wide muzzle gives the Babydoll its classic smiling look and makes it an efficient grazer. Colour of the fleece and hair on the muzzle should be a shade from very light tan to brown to cinnamon to mousy grey with even colours preferred. Blends of similar shades are acceptable. On an adult sheep, the short coloured fleece and hair on the face should ideally cover the entire muzzle and extend from the corners of the mouth to a rounded point between the eyes. The fleece on the cheeks, forehead and around the eyes should not be so long as to obstruct vision.
Eyes: Large and bright. Colour should be either yellow or brown.
Ears: Should be set level with the head and be of medium size, covered with short wool.
Neck: Wide at base, strong and well set on shoulder.
Legs: Forelegs should be short and well placed at the corners. Hindlegs should be full and well let down. Lower leg fleece colour is similar to muzzle colour and extending from the feet to about the knees where it meets the body fleece.
Shoulders: Should be well laid into the ribs and level to the back. The width at the shoulders should be less than the width at the hips to facilitate easy lambing.
Back: Level from shoulder to tail with only a slight slope of the croup. Overall body length should be slightly longer than tall.
Chest: Wide and deep.
Loin: Long, wide and thick.
Ribs: Should be deep and wide, thick through the heart girth and well sprung.
Rump: Should be wide and of medium length with only a slight slope of the croup.
Tail: Wide and set high on a line almost level with the chin when standing in a natural alert stance.
Hind Sadle: Full and well-muscled, with a deep wide muscling through the twist and legs.
Skin: A delicate grey to bright pink.
Height: All measurements are taken at the highest point of the middle of the shoulder and perpendicular to the ground on a shorn sheep.
Adult sheep should be between 45cm and 61cm.
Fleece: Should be fine, tight and dense, with a medium to medium-fine, soft and springy crimp. The fleece and hair covering around the eyes should be short and not so thick as to cause wool blindness.
Rams: Rams should look more masculine and are usually larger than ewes. They must have both testicles descended. If one or both are not, it is a breed disqualification and the ram cannot be registered.
Ewes: Ewes should have a broad, well attached but not pendulous udder with two teats. They should be capable of raising twins.
- Solid 1” or larger scurs or horns.
- Roman nose
- Bright solid pink nose and lips or pale, without pigmentation
- Severe under or overbite with distinct space between teeth and edge of dental pad
- Solid white hooves
- One or both testicles not descended
- Off-white fleece with black muzzle and/or legs
- Bright white fleece
- A predominately off white fleece with a contrasting colour with distinct margins anywhere OR one area of contrasting colour larger than 10cm in diameter with distinct margins between the two colours
- Solid white muzzle or muzzle lacking pigmentation
- Height below 45cm or above 61cm
- Hilllgrove Babydoll Southdown Sheep in Australia