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Breed Standard of Blue Texel Sheep - together with the most commonly found faults

As with ordinary Texel sheep, meat conformation is the most desirable characteristic, and should normally be apparent. A roomy well-structured body is desirable with blocky conformation.

A mature ram should weigh about 80kg ; a mature ewe about 60kg

Summary of Specific Breed Characteristics

  • Head
  • Crown to nose should be twice the width - shouldn't be as strong as the white Texel.
  • Bright clear eyes.
  • Nostrils well spread.
  • Broad mouth.
  • Poll flat with no wool.
  • Ears well set, ideally "Ten to Two"
  • Head
  • Characteristics to be avoided:
  • Forequarters
  • Neck well muscled, but not too short.
  • Shoulders flat on top and no wider than Rib cage.
  • Broad and deep with the sheep appearing wedge shaped.
  • Forequarters
  • Characteristics to be avoided:
  • Neck to long.
  • Narrow or shallow forequarters
  • Dip behind the shoulders (lacking a straight top line).
  • Body
  • Strong and powerful, well muscled from front to back.
  • Back and loins sufficiently long and broad.
  • Ribs deep and well sprung.
  • Loins as wide and deep as possible.
  • Body
  • Characteristics to be avoided:
  • Uneven top line.
  • Ribs too flat or too shallow.
  • Narrow or angular loin.


  • Quarters & Gigots
  •  Area between top of haunch bonetail as long and wide as proportionately possible.
  • Curved, fully rounded hips.
  • Well developed Gigots.
  • Tail short, narrow and woolly.
  • Quarters & Gigots
  •  Characteristics to be avoided:
  • Hips or gigots too narrow.
  • Straight or poorly muscled gigots.


  • Legs
  • Legs should be proportionate to the body.
  • The sheep should stand square and straight.
  • Back legs well sprung from the hock.
  • Ram should stand well up on short pasterns.
  • Wooled to middle of forearm and hind to middle of shank.
  • Remainder of legs covered in fine hair.
  • Feet deep, hard and black.
  • Legs
  • Characteristics to be avoided:
  • Front legs too narrowly set or too wide apart.
  • Over straight hind legs or curved hind legs.
  • Fleece
  • Dense and tightly stapled.
  • Well crimped and lustrous.
  • Fleece
  • Characteristics to be avoided:
  • Kemp.
  • Bare neck, belly or tail.
  • Loose staples.
  • Colour Pattern
  • Varies from quite grey to a pale colour with dark shoulders getting lighter over the back.
  • White markings on the face, the so-called “halter”.
  • White markings on the upper front leg and under the tail.
  • White edge to the ears.
  • At base of the staple the colour should ideally resemble steel blue.
  • Colour Pattern
  • Characteristics to be avoided:
  • Black fleece with little or no white markings.


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