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Finnsheep Breed Standard
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Photo's courtesy Stillmeadow Finnsheep
This standard is designed to preserve and enhance the inherent good qualities of the Finnsheep breed. No restrictions on registrations are involved since we have no mechanism for inspection of flocks. The standard, however, can help us move in a more uniform direction as the breed develops.
Points have not been assigned to the different sections - as many other breed associations do - primarily because Finnsheep have not and should not be shown or judged solely on their physical characteristics. Sixty to seventy percent of the standard's significance is in the section titled "Reproductive Characteristics."
Mature ewes in average condition will weight 130 to 180 pounds.
Mature rams in average condition will weight 170 to 240 pounds.
Single coated with soft hand and medium length. Uniformity and free of coarse britch and mattings. White is the most common color, but other colored animals are acceptable if noted at the time of registration.
Body and Tail
Smooth and well blended, of medium length and height. Back straight and strong. The very characteristic Finnsheep tail is undocked, wool-covered, with hair at tip, and 4 to 6 inches long.
Long and fine with good hair coat, free of wool and horns. Eyes that are clear and alert. Dark pigment around the eyes is desirable. Proper jaw alignment is essential. Overshot or undershot is not to be tolerated.
Legs and Feet
Straight and well-placed. Fore legs set apart. Wooled to knees and hocks, clean below. Strong pasterns.
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