English "Babydoll" Southdown Sheep Registry
The Breed Standard
The standard for the Olde
English "Babydoll" Southdown Sheep was taken directly from the
Southdown Sheep Society in England. It is the standard for the
original sheep changed only to allow for colors. Only white or mouse
colored sheep were allowed under the original standard. The breed
description is as follows:
Head: Wide and level
between the ears with no sign of slug or dark poll in the whites.
Face: Full, not too long from eyes to nose and of one even
Eyes: Large, bright, and prominent.
Ears: Medium size and covered with short wool.
Neck: Wide at the base and well set to the shoulder.
Carriage: Corky legs, short, straight, set on the outside of
Shoulders: Well set, at top level with the back.
Chest: Wide and deep.
Back: Level, with a wide, flat loin.
Ribs: Well-spring and well-ribbed up. Thick through the
heart with fore and hind flanks fully developed.
Rump: Wide and long.
Tail: Large and set almost level with chin.
Legs: Full, well let down, with a deep wide twist (including
Wool: Of fine texture, great density, and of sufficient
length of staple covering the whole of the body down to the hocks and
knees and right up to the cheeks, with a foretop, but not around the eyes
or across the bridge of the nose.
Size: Must be 24" or under shorn, measured straight up
the front leg to the top of the shoulder. Lambing without difficulty
is one of the qualities of the "Babydolls;" therefore, ewes
under 18" are discouraged.
Colors: All colors acceptable, black, dilutes, and spotted.