The General Character and Appearance of the Miniature Harlequin Sheep:
Miniature Harlequin sheep are known for easy handling and docile dispositions. They are Nurturing mothers. Their small size and easy keeping metabolism requires less acreage per animal compared to other breeds.
The characteristics of the head give each breed its individuality & uniqueness. The Miniature Harlequin is polled. The head is medium length and moderately broad, but not so broad to be a birthing obstruction, and with medium length.
MUZZLE & FACE
The muzzle and face should be moderate in width to insure efficient grazing and moderate in length, straight to slightly dished but not Roman.
Of fine to medium texture, great density, and wool length sufficient for covering the whole of the body. Harlequin wool comes in a variety of lengths and textures and is well known for its use in spinning. Wool is distinctly spotted.
Ears are of medium thickness, moderate in length, level to the poll, proportionate to the head and preferably covered with wool. Short rough hair is acceptable, slick ears are discriminated against. Black or brown-specked ear skin is common.
Eyes should large, bright, brown to yellow or even blue.
Incisor teeth should meet the dental pad.
Neck, wide at the base and laid well into the shoulders, with skin free of wrinkles.
Wide and deep.
FOREQUARTERS, SHOULDERS, BACK AND LOIN
Shoulders should be well muscled, well laid in to the ribs and level with the back. The width at the shoulders should be less than the width at the hips to facilitate easy lambing.
The LOIN should be long, wide and thick.
The ribs should be deep and wide, thick through the heart girth & well sprung
HINDQUARTERS: FEET and LEGS
Short to Medium length, Straight legs should stand squarely at each corner. Rear legs should stand wide but squarely under the sheep with some angulations of the hocks and slight angulations of the pasterns.
The rump should be wide and long
Large and set almost level with chin.
Thighs should show medium muscling.
Hooves come in a variety of colors.
Measurements are at the shoulder and perpendicular to the ground on shorn sheep.
Harlequin Sheep should be under 24" tall.
Harlequins are known for varying patterns of black and white spots.
Characteristics not accepted in the Harlequin Breed:
Solid scurs or horns, one or both of the testicles not descended, Incisor teeth not meeting dental pad, inverted eyelids, scrotal rupture.