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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. 

HEAD 
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.

WOOL
 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
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
Eyes should large, bright, brown to yellow or even blue. 

INCISOR TEETH
Incisor teeth should meet the dental pad.

NECK
Neck, wide at the base and laid well into the shoulders, with skin free of wrinkles.

CHEST
Wide and deep.

FOREQUARTERS, SHOULDERS, BACK AND LOIN

SHOULDERS 
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. 

LOIN
The LOIN should be long, wide and thick.

RIBS 
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.

RUMP
The rump should be wide and long 

TAIL
Large and set almost level with chin.

THIGHS  
Thighs should show medium muscling.

HOOVES 
Hooves come in a variety of colors. 

SIZE
 Measurements are at the shoulder and perpendicular to the ground on shorn sheep.
Harlequin Sheep should be under 24" tall. 

COLORS
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.
Harlequins are well known for their unique spotted wool of varying length, and ability to produce blue eyes.