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New Sheep Breed Registry For Trophy Breeds With Horn Genetics


By Anita Hollon-Garza


A new registry called Trophy Hair Sheep Of America (THSOA) has been formed to accommodate owners of trophy-horned sheep. The Painted Desert Sheep Society (PDSS) was formed in 1997, and breeders who raise other related types of hair sheep often inquire about another possible registry. Now there is one!

The THSOA will not have a section for the Painted Desert since that parent registry is already well established. All of these breeds are known for outstanding horn genetics.

Gold Medal Painted Desert ram owned by Judy Jenkins of Oakwood, Texas.
Gold Medal Painted Desert ram owned by Judy Jenkins of Oakwood, Texas.

A complete breed standard is available on each breed and will be posted on the website and will also be available from the registrar. Following are some of the divisions: Mouflon, Corsican, Texas Dall, Desert Sand, Black Hawaiians, Desert Dragon Sheep and Big Horn Cross. There are other tentative divisions for other breeds, depending on interest.

Registries have a Gold Star Ram award. This certificate is for rams whose horns meet the minimum requirement and are the same in both registries. Forms are available from the registrar.

The PDSS has a calendar available and will soon be presenting their Cyber Show where photos for different classes are posted online and are judged by a professional. Rosettes and ribbons are to be awarded.

Following are some of the divisions with a brief description of each:

Mouflon

Standards are strict to prevent crosses from entering the registry. Close attention is paid to horns, tails, and color patterns. Mouflon crosses can be registered in Corsican section. Corsicans may have light or dark underpinnings, depending on influence. They can have a very wide range of earth tone colors.

Gold Medal Mouflon owned by Rickey Hunt of Avery, Texas.
Gold Medal Mouflon owned by Rickey Hunt of Avery, Texas.

Texas Dall

These sheep are snowy white with light horns and pink eyelids and nose pads. Dark markings of any kind are not allowed.

Gold Medal Texas Dall ram owned by Leon Pavlock of Guy, Texas.
Gold Medal Texas Dall ram owned by Leon Pavlock of Guy, Texas.

Desert Sand

These sheep are erroneously called “red dalls.” The Desert Sand ranges in color from light champagne to cinnamon. The face and legs may be light with no distinct edges, with the light and sand colors blending into each other. Some striking individuals are a solid sand color. A Mouflon patch is acceptable.

Desert Sand ram owned by Miles Allen of Florence, Texas.
Desert Sand ram owned by Miles Allen of Florence, Texas.

Black Hawaiians

Black Hawaiians should be solid black but grey hairs on the muzzle are acceptable. Horns should be black but tend to get grey with age and may even turn cream.

Desert Dragon Sheep

These sheep are a polycerate type and come in a variety of colors. They may have from three to six horns, with a seven horn as yet undocumented. Paint sheep may be double registered with the Painted Desert Sheep Society.

A double registered Painted Desert/Desert Dragon ram owned by Anita Garza of Needville, Texas.
A double registered Painted Desert/Desert Dragon ram owned by Anita Garza of Needville, Texas.

Big Horn Cross

There are breeders with Bighorn and Alaskan Dall crosses and those sheep may be registered here. Paints can be double registered.

There are other tentative divisions for other breeds, depending on interest.

Solid white or black sheep from paint stock cannot be registered as Texas Dalls or Black Hawaiians. All precautions will be taken to ensure the sheep in each division are pure.

Both THSOA and PDSS registries have a Gold Star Ram award. This certificate is for rams whose horns meet the minimum requirement and are the same in both registries. Forms are available from the registrar.

As the THSOA grows, there will be activities as well. Membership is required for these events. A bonus is that membership in one registry will allow a free membership in the other so that breeders are able to register in both without the added expense. There is also a “starter package” with a reduced fee for those with a number of sheep to register. Specials on registrations are offered from time to time as well.

Persons interested in these sheep and registrations are encouraged to contact the breed registries for more information. The address is: Trophy Hair Sheep of America, Painted Desert Sheep Society, 11819 Puska, Needville, TX 77461, Phone: (979) 793-4207; The e-mail is: cascabel@consolidated.net and websites: www.trophyhairsheepofamerica.com and www.painteddesertsheepsociety.com

There is also an e-mail group where data and photos are shared. Membership is not required in order to be added to the e-mail group.





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