Breed Standards

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

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.

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 Medium
  • 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.




Grounds for exclusion

  • Kiefer: Condensed mandible or jaw unequal length
  • Teeth: If teeth are not up to the gummy plate or fitting (up 18 months,both male and female)
  • permeated shackles
  • Dwarfism
  • Einhodigkeit
  • Testicular sac rupture

Colors Features:

  • In males body spots within the fabric boundary (above the abdominal line), tail spots and the absence of a color feature


  • twisting
  • an excessive number of guard hairs
  • mixed-colored wool up to the age of 18 months at Aries


Swiss Executive Board decision:

  • During a transition period, valid for the autumn of 2009 and spring of assessment ratings 2010 SN animals can also be assessed after 18 months in the whole of Switzerland with a score of 1.
  • In herdbook animals are processed manually.
  • Upon completion of the transition phase is definitely decided on the basis of the results.