The American Teeswater Sheep is a large, well balanced, polled breed that carries a fine, lustrous, long wool fleece. The American Teeswater sheep is a large, long wool breed. Its unique facial markings and long, soft, purled locks are trademark characteristics that set this regal breed apart. The Teeswater is intelligent, alert, and is similar to many of its English long wool cousins in temperament and mothering ability. The wool is soft and supple to handle and retains its curl and luster after washing. The luster remains after spinning, giving the finished product a pearly sheen.
WOOL –The long-stapled, lustrous, kemp free fleece with uniform purled locks that should fall over the entire body, from shoulder to breech, with each lock hanging freely. No tendency to mattedness. Registered white animals at one year of age may have up to two half dollar sized colored spots in the wooled area of the body or off-color spots on colored animals.
HEAD – Of medium length with strong features, broad muzzle and short broad teeth. The distinctive markings of the head on white animals may vary from off-white to grey-blue with dark brown or black markings around the nose, ears and eyes. The ears should be large and have distinct markings on the inside. Wool of a fine pearly nature grows between the ears and falls down the face.
NECK/SHOULDERS– The neck is strong, firm and of good length set firmly and smoothly into shoulders, which should be broad, but never coarse.
BODY – Ribs should be deep and well-spaced with strong loin. The Teeswater is a long-drawn sheep and should have a long, wide, flat back, with square set hindquarters, with no tendency to fall off at the rump.
THIGHS – Should be well rounded and deep-fleshed.
LEGS – Strong flat boned, but not coarse, squarely set and on white animals of the same color of the face with brown or black feet.
TESTICLES – Rams should have two even and good sized testicles. Those with a single testicle or a scrotal hernia should not be used for breeding.