Seeing Spots


There has been some confusion about the spotted Babydolls... first off, let us start with YES, purebred spotted Babydoll sheep exist.

Spotted is a categorized color that has been accepted and around since the original Mock Babydoll registry was established. The decision to allow them is based on historical references to spotted and/or speckled sheep being born among the breed since back in the original homeland in the South Downs of Sussex county..

Although there are references and carvings of speckled and spotted Southdowns going back for centuries, they were typically culled (as many of the black Southdown sheep were too) since white was the preferred fleece for dying and processing purposes. In our more modern times though, there is no need to cull and/or not recognize this unique trait that pops up in our sweet little smiling sheep though. It makes having Babydolls all the more interesting and unique.

It is important to know though that this coloring is a unique part of the Babydoll breed still and not the norm. It takes time, effort, research and a bit of luck to produce spotted Babydoll sheep since they and their genetics were culled for so long.

At this time, only OEBR & BSSBA registries accept these spotted sheep as register-able. These spotted babies do sometimes pop up in NABSSAR registered Babydoll sheep as well, but they generally cannot be registered (some exceptions do exist - see their website for that info). It is good for breeders to keep in mind that although NABSSAR flocks cannot be registered with OEBR should spotting occur in their lines, these NABSSAR sheep may qualify to register with BSSBA should the sheep meet BSSBA standards*.

* - NOTE: any NABSSAR sheep may submit photos to BSSBA to review for acceptance. More details here: https://bssbanews.blogspot.com/2018/05/welcome.html

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