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1. Type (format)

Colors Features:

Nose to the center of the head black black eye rims, both sides connected to the nose coloring black ears black, horizontal shackle coloring uniform, black spots on the ankle and bumps on the front knees in females a tail spot is desirable but it must not be too large and must be stopped in males no tail patches is tolerated for females is considered in the absence of a feature, depending on the type and format a point deduction.

Head and neck:

Short, dressed head wide mouth, broad forehead and Roman nose.  Ears should be medium sized. Distinctive head shape in males short, well-muscled neck



Spiraling, well separated in the horizontal direction of the jaws occasional black streaks are tolerated

Chest, shoulder, withers:

Wide and deep chest Shoulder close fitting

Withers broad and closed good spring of ribs


Back, loin:

Long, straight and broad back wide loin


Pelvis, abdomen, leg:

Belly medium-sized and small mines hunger

wide and medium-long pool

Mace well muscled

Withers (from two years):

Female: 72 - 78 cm

Male: 75 - 83 cm

Weight (from two years):

Female 70 - 90 kg

Male: 80 - 125 kg


2. Foundation


Strong and well placed. Not cow-hocked and not bowlegged. Wide-legged position of the front legs (not knock-kneed)



Mean ankle angulation

stocky and tough restraints

solid bone structure



Roomy, sure-footed and legs, not wavering


3. Wool:

Fineness 5 -4

Staple length about 10 cm (5-6 months growth – sheep should be shorn twice yearly)

balanced and natural all over the body, including the head and legs

uniformly white, the neck be scattered black hair tolerated (in the males to 18 months, there is a reason for exclusion)

balanced fleece


*Docked tails must be in line with the top of the black markings on hocks.

Breed Standards

(from the Valais Blacknose breed society)

Descent - distribution
In black-nosed sheep is a frugal landrace that is the harsh conditions of the mountain very well adapted. This unique breed is in the Upper Valais, ie in the canton of Valais, home. There are indications that this breed has existed since the 15th century. Today there are 13,700 herdbook animals. The reproduction power is 1.6 lambs per year. 

Typical breed
The black nose to the head center is the black-nosed sheep named. The black color attracts continued without interruption up to the eyes. Also
the ears are black up to his head. In addition, we find black spots on the ankle and bumps on the front knees. In addition, the legs are short black booted. The females have a tail spots. Typical of the black-nosed sheep are the helical or spiral-shaped horns. A significant role for the wool, that is, the whole body, the head and the legs should be woolly evenly.

Overall appearance
The Valais Blacknose is a mountain breed of sheep with a uniform Bewollung all over. The Behornung and color characteristics shape the unique appearance of Valais Blacknose. The Valais Blacknose has a harmonious, robust and large-framed physique.

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