Breed Standards


A medium sized sheep, symmetrical in outline, alert in appearance and free of excessive wrinkles on neck and body. Rams should be distinctively masculine and ewes should be strong but feminine. The head should be free of horns (loose scurs permitted in rams) with an open white face (poll covering desirable). Ears should be medium length and evenly covered with white hair or short wool. Eyes should be clear and bright. The incisor teeth must touch the dental pad. Neck should be medium in length and smooth from head to shoulders.

SIZE: 15

Weight of Mature Polypay's in Breeding Condition* -(condition score of 3-12 to 4)

Rams -240-300 pounds --Ewes -150- 200 pounds  

Height (measured to shoulders)*

Length (measured from the base of the neck to the base of dock)* Minimum length should be the height + 10% 

The above standards are not for determining qualification of disqualification. Discrimination for the above standards should be in proportion to the deviation from standard

BODY: 15

Back: Strong and level

Shoulders: Should blend in smoothly with body and top line. Shoulder blades should be smoothly attached.

Capacity: Chest should be moderate in depth and width with a trim brisket. Spring of ribs and body depth should be sufficient to provide enough feed capacity for adult sheep to maintain condition on course roughages or pasture alone. 


Loin: long, wide and thick, with thickness resulting from muscle not fat.

Rump: Wide at dock, full, deep twist and moderately level between hip and base of dock. 

Leg: Thick and plump. 


Legs: Front and rear legs should be well placed under the corners of the body. Bone size should be ample as judged by the circumference below the knees. Hocks should be at an angle that allows free and easy movement. Hocks should not be too straight (post legged) or too crooked (sickle hocked) the pasterns should be strong and relatively straight.

Feet: Toes should be relatively close together.


Ram should have two well-developed testicles. Yearling rams and older should have scrotal circumference of 36 centimeters minimum. Ewes should have a pliable, strongly attached udder, with 2 medium sized teats, and ample udder capacity. Yearling ewes should show evidence of having lambed. All 15 points should be deducted if there is no evidence of a yearling ewe having lambed.


Description: Dense, average staple length with uniform fiber quality from shoulder to thigh and carrying with uniformity to underline with heavy yield of clean wool.

Length: Average length

Uniformity of Grade: A spin count of 54 to 62. No extreme britchiness or extreme coarseness of wool.

Condition: Fibers well grown, free from breaks and strong throughout length. Yolk white or cream, not in excess, nor dry or discolored. Fleece free from matting or coning, free of burrs, leaves and trash. 

TOTAL Points 100


The American Polypay Sheep Association recommends that all Polypays entered in a Public Show or Sale meet the following requirements:

-Be from multiple birth (twin or better)

-All ewes in the Yearling Ewe Class must have lambed.


APSA Breeder's Guidelines

September 1, 1988 

1. Requirements for registering Polypay sheep with the APSA The individual to be registered must meet the following pedigree, physical, and other requirements. 

A. Pedigree requirements: 

Foundation animals are REGISTERED Polled Rambouillets, Finnsheep, Polled Dorset,

Targhee. Copies of the Certificates of Registration must be presented to the APSA office as proof of pedigree. The individual to be registered must be the offspring of one of the following kinds of parents: 

1. Be the offspring of registered parents, or 

2. Be the offspring of parents each containing 1/4 Rambouillet, 1/4 Targhee, 1/4

Dorset, and 1/4 Finnsheep blood or,

 3. Be the offspring of a registered POLYPAY parent and a mate containing 1/4

Rambouillet, 1/4 Targhee, 1/4 Dorset, and 1/4 Finnsheep blood, or 

4. Be the offspring from the topcross of a registered POLYPAY sire upon a dam, descended from two previous similar topcross animals, whose female ancestor in the 1sttopcross was from one or any combination of the four foundation breeds (this offspring, the 4th topcross, would itself be 15/16 POLYPAY and its dam would be 7/8 POLYPAY:) The 15/16 rule will take effect beginning with the 1988 Iamb crop in any topcrossing program must be 15/16 POLYPAY before qualifying for registration, or

 5. Be the offspring of a registered POLYPAY sire and some other combination of foundation breeding, which would produce at least a 15/16 POLYPAY offspring.

B. Basic Physical requirements:

The animal to be registered must meet the following physical requirements. 

1. Be free of gross anatomical or physical defects (Entropian eyes, etc) 

2. Not be subject to wool blindness 

3. Have a smooth body from neck folds 

4. Have no color in fleece and less than ten (10) percent color (black or brown) in the hairy parts of the head and legs. 

5. No extreme britchiness or extreme coarseness of wool. 

6. Be polled. Nor scurs in ewes. Scurs in rams are undesirable and should be strongly discriminated against. 

7. Incisor teeth must touch the dental pad.

 C. Other pertinent requirements and information: 

1. All sheep in the breeder's flock must continuously be identified by numbered eartags or tattoos or both for pedigree and record purposes. Although a registration number will be assigned by the APSA for it's purposes, the individual flock ear tag will continue to identify the animal in the flock. The flock name, ear tag number and assigned registration number must not be changed. They remain with the sheep its entire life. 

2. The registration certificate will list the parents by flock ear tag, genetic make-up code, and registration number. 

3. Foundation Registered animals and all resulting descendants being used in a cross- breeding program or topcrossing program to produce, ultimately, POLYPAYS must be identified with ear tags, and listed, along with their genetic make-up (for example R, 1/2 P 1/2 R, P 1/4R, 7/8P 1/8R, etc) with the APSA as evidence of compliance with requirements from a crossbreeding to topcrossing program. 

4. Single sire matings are preferred. However, multiple sire matings will be acceptable if the flock numbers of the sires are known and recorded, with the appropriate offspring, on the application for registration. Neither the registration nor listing certificate will contain identities of multiple sires. However, identities of multiple sires may be obtained from the APSA Executive Secretary.

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