American Cotswold Record Association

The Original Registry Of Purebred Cotswold Sheep

Breed Standard

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Breed Standards & Score Card



General Appearance is stylish and active--desirable mutton--rams are strongly masculine--ewes are distinctly feminine--plenty of development (age considered).  The whole body should have a firm, solid touch and be well covered with thick set, long and lustrous wool.  The skin is naturally a bright cherry pink.


Ram's head strongly masculine, medium length--forehead broad--wide between ears--proportionate to body.

Ewe's head distinctly feminine in character--refined proportion to body.


Face can be smutty, either white or slightly mixed with gray or white dappled with brown--nostrils large and black or dark--broad nose in rams--eyes large--ears thick and relatively short with silky hair covering.  Black spots on ears not considered objectionable.


Neck is medium to short in length, blending neatly with head and shoulders.

Chest is deep and broad with good width between front legs.

Withers are fairly well rounded.


Top Line is straight with no drop in front or behind the shoulders.


Back is medium length and broad--loin is wide, blending smoothly with hips and well-sprung rib--good leg of mutton.


Legs are medium length, straight and strong--must stand up straight on pasterns--legs set wide apart at each corner.  Legs may be either white or slightly mixed with gray, or white dappled with brown.


Fleece is white, curly, attractive, lustrous and even, with a prominent wave and uniform length over the body--twelve months growth will measure ten to twelve inches, and fall over the forehead in cords--good length appears to be a reliable indication of high yielding quality--yolk moderate, light to creamy in color.  Fleece to show reasonable uniformity and good condition, free from breaks and strong throughout with an average count in the 40's.


Yearlings can have a two-year-old mouth started, but the teeth should not be completely up.





The Association will not permit the registration of Cotswold sheep with:
Any black fibers in the fleece or black wool
Any horns which are attached to the skull with a living core or prominent scurs
Blue, black or brown faces
Any physical deformity

Undesirable Characteristics

The following characteristics are considered to be undesirable and should not be present in animals offered for show:
Dropped pasterns:  The sheep should stand up on its toes.
In-turned eyelids (entropion)
Pigeon toes
Under-grown animals.  Ram lambs should be at least 80 lbs. by September in their first year.
Small loosely attached scurs
Wool not typical of the Cotswold type
These are good examples of Cotswold Breed Standards for rams (left) and ewes (right), bred by Linda Schauwecker of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Last Updated: 05/09/2011
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