The length of your Painted Desert Sheep's tail can
'sometimes' tell you the background history of their ancestors
A Purebred Mouflon has a tail shorter than 4 inches. A first cross that has one
parent of Pure Moufon will produce a tail of 4-5 inches then as you breed out
the Mouflon bloodlines the tail will get longer. A Painted Desert Sheep with a
shorter tail than usual can possibly be an influence of Mouflon in your sheep's
background. Another possible give away of Mouflon influence in your painted
desert sheep is the under pinnings on the belly, legs and rear will be a white or
a light cream or tan color. A Corsican Sheep has Mouflon influences, a spotted
Corsican is a Painted Desert Sheep.
Purebred Mouflon- note the short
tail and white underpinnings
These are pictures of Painted Desert Sheep that are showing close Mouflon influences, note
the short tail length or white or light underpinnings which can be seen even with spots.
Mouflon Influences
Barbado and Blackbelly Sheep Influences
The Purebred Barbado sheep has a long tail,  the tail should reach down to the
hocks. Purebred Barbado sheep are naturally polled breed and the DO NOT  
have horns. But cross breeding with other breeds can produce horns on
offspring in many cases. Many of the breeds of hair sheep we see today have
the barbado influence in them, for example the American Blackbelly. A
common Barbado or American Black Belly influence is black underpinnings on
the belly and legs, that is why the name "blackbellies" has been labeled to
horned sheep with the same markings as the Barbado. These crossbreds are
all Corsican sheep. The breeds that have been developed from these different
crossbreeding have been labeled with different names according to color of
that animal.
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Desert Sheep
Painted Desert Sheep Tails and Eyes
Painted Desert Sheep were first developed from crosses of different sheep
breeds. Their tail lengths do vary quite a bit because of this. The most
common length is pictured above. The guides may not always be accurate,
but could possible help you to determine the breeds in the unknown
background of Painted Desert Sheep and even Corsican Sheep.
 
The sheep above have longer tails and their past ancestors of possible
Barbado or blackbelly breeding could influence this. Note the longer tails,
and black underpinnings even though they are spotted. Although other
breeds could influence this....
TAILS AND EYES
Painted Desert Sheep Eyes
Painted Desert Sheep
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Barbado
A sheep's body color can influence the color of
it's eyes. The light colors are more likely to have
yellow color eyes. Darker colors can have brown
eyes, Champagne colors can even have Amber
colored eyes. Although any sheep can have a
varied range of eye color no matter the coat
color. Sheep that have influence from the Jacob
Breed can even have Blue eyes.


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