Breed Standard


Description and Scale of Points      Score – 100

Reproduced from the Shetland Flock Book Society
Bye-Laws & Regulations
Objects & Standard of the Society 1927

Adopted by NASSA 03/2000

General character and appearance (Horned or Hornless) 9
Head Good width between ears, tapering rapidly to base of nose, which should be broad and with little taper to the muzzle, hollow between cheeks and nose well marked 9
Face Medium length of face from eyes to muzzle, nose prominent but not Roman, small mouth 5
Eyes Full, bright, and active look 3
Ears Fine, medium size, set well back, carried slightly above the horizontal 4
Neck Full, tapers into a fairly broad chest 4
Shoulders Well set, top level with back 6
Chest Medium width and deep 5
Back Level, with as much width as possible 9
Ribs Well sprung and well ribbed up 4
Rump Good width, with well turned rounded hips 5
Tail Fluke tail. Wool at root forming the broad rounded part, and tapering suddenly to barely covered fine point. This is a strong character, and any crossing is easily made out by it. Length varies according to the size of sheep, rarely exceeds six inches, or thereby 9
Legs of Mutton Light, but very fine in quality 4
Skin Varies according to colour of wool. In white no blue or black colouring 2
Wool Extra fine and soft texture, longish, wavy, and well closed. Wool on forehead and poll tapering into neck, likewise wool on cheeks. Colors: white, moorit (from reddish to fawn), greys and black. Markings include: Mirkface (brownish spots on face), Katmoget (dark under parts from muzzle to tail and legs), Gulmoget (light underparts), Blaget and Flecket. 20
Carriage Alert and nimble, with a smart active gait 2
Total 100


  1. Long heavy tail, broad to point
  2. Bad wool, coarse and open
  3. Very coarse wool on breeches
  4. Deformities of jaws
  5. Undersized animals
  6. Defective coloured or badly shaped animals as sires
  7. White hairs in moorit and black, and dark hairs in white wool

NASSA Disclaimer:

* Note: The 1927 Shetland Flock Book Society standard was developed for the original inspection of sheep for registration by the Society. The standard includes seven specific faults that were considered serious enough to disqualify sheep from registrations. While these disqualifications are still part of the Standard, NASSA does not have an inspection system and does not disqualify purebred Shetland sheep from registration. However, NASSA recommends that breeders take into consideration these disqualification faults when evaluating Shetland sheep for breeding purposes and for registration. Note also that the Shetland Flock Book Society no longer exists having been succeeded by the Shetland Flock Book Trust.

Revised September 2014