Painted Desert Sheep

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Scientific name: Ovis orientalis musimon x Ovis aries

The basics:
The Painted Desert Sheep is a hybrid sheep created in Texas, USA around 1900. According to the Painted Desert Sheep Society, "The Painted Desert Sheep originated on Texas game ranches by crossing Mouflon with Rambouillet, Merino, and Texas Blackbelly. The colored varieties of Merino and "Rambo" sheep produced hybrid, spotted individuals first called "Parti-Dalls." The unique term "Painted Desert was soon coined by hunters wishing to add this colorful sheep to their trophy rooms. Some Jacob or Navajo-Churro was used to produce polycerate (multi-horned) Painted Desert Sheep."

Appearance / health:
According to the United Horned Hair Sheep Association,

* The Painted Desert Sheep is considered a hair or shedding sheep. These sheep actually have two coats: a hair type coat and usually a more wooly undercoat. The undercoat may resemble a thicker hair to a more wool type look and texture. This undercoat grows during cool weather and will naturally shed off when warmer weather arrives.

* The General Character and Appearance of the Sheep represented by the United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc., should be one of a noble animal. The sheep should look like an athlete with a lean, sleek form. The sheep are not purely a meat breed but are more for multiple markets and may not necessarily weigh nor exhibit the deep and heavy muscling of sheep which are considered purely meat breeds.

* Painted Desert Sheep have multiple colors and patterns. They can be bi-colored (two colors), tri-colored (three colors), quad-colored (4 colors), and a few may even have six or more colors. To be registered, the sheep should have at least 2 separately distinguishable colors, one of which MUST be white. The white will need to show on registration photos from at least one side. White must be a distinguishable area from normal pattern of color. For example the white saddle patches exhibited by Mouflon sheep and some Pained Desert rams during the winter would not be counted since that is a normal pattern of color for Mouflon sheep and sheep with possible high percentage of Mouflon heritage.

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