The Balwen Breed

Breed Standard

The name BALWEN is welsh for white blaze. The Balwen sheep has a base colour of black, brown or dark grey. It has a white blaze on the face, four distinct white feet, and a half to two-thirds whites tail.

All Balwen should be of a good Welsh Mountain type of sheep. Their confirmation must be consistent with the breed, and their size should be an accurate reflection of their age.

Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep Society

MALES: The base colour should preferably be black, but dark brown or dark grey is acceptable. An unbroken white stripe should run from the poll of the head to the nose. The lower two thirds of the tail to be white. A small quantity of white is acceptable on the lower jaw but it must not extend below the top edge of the breastbone. Males must have black noses and no white is allowed in or on the ears. Males must have four clearly defined white socks. A white sock must not extend above the hock or the knee.

NB. ALL MALES MUST HAVE HORNS.

Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep Society

FEMALES: The base colour should preferably be black, but dark brown or dark grey is acceptable. An unbroken white stripe should run from the poll of the head to the nose. The lower two thirds of the tail to be white. A small quantity of white is acceptable on the lower jaw but it must not extend below the top edge of the breastbone. Females should ideally have four white socks . (In order to be fully registered females must have at least two clearly defined white socks.) Some black is acceptable within the white socks for the current time. Females should have black noses.

NB. NO HORNS ARE ALLOWED ON THE FEMALES.

Animals which conform to the breed standard will be passed as registrable by the Breed Society’s inspectors. Ewes which fall below the breed standard, but nonetheless meet the current inspection criteria, will be passed as registrable.

Animals which do not meet either requirement are unregistrable