Sable Breed Standard

SABLE

 

General Appearance

Attractive dairy type, alert and revealing vigour.  May be fine boned but not inclined to weakness.  Showing femininity in does and masculinity in bucks and harmonious blending and correlation of parts.

 

Head

Head of medium length and well balanced on neck.  Facial line dished or straight.  Skull broad between eyes.  Polled or neatly disbudded.  Eyes large and bright.  Pricked ears of medium size and carried well above the horizontal.  Well developed muzzle.  Open nostrils.

 

Neck

Does long and fine blending smoothly into shoulders.  Bucks well proportioned and strong.

 

Backline

Strong, straight and horizontal from withers to hips.

 

Forequarters

Lean high withers.  Set well into shoulders which should blend firmly into body.  Chest wide and deep in bucks showing medium width and depth in does.

 

Body

Long deep and wedge shaped.  Proportionate to height.  Ribs well sprung.

 

Hindquarters

Gradual slope from hips to tail.  Good width between hips and thurls.  Rump long and broad and strong.  Pinbones wide and prominent.

 

Legs

Forelegs straight and parallel viewed from front and side.  Hind legs strong and parallel viewed from rear.  Hocks slightly bent when seen from the side.  Hocks well apart. Pasterns short and strong.  Hooves sound and well shaped.

 

Udder

Showing good capacity and shape.  Attached over a wide area.  High and broad at rear.  Strong at sides.  Blending into the abdomen.  Floor of udder slightly cleft.  Softly textured.  Skin colour tan or darker.

 

Teats

Of adequate size for ease of milking.  Well attached at lowest point of udder.  Distinct from udder.  Set well apart.  Pointing down and slightly forward.

 

Rudimentary teats

(Bucks) Two.  Set wide apart.  Slightly to the fore and sides of the scrotum.  Of good size but not overdeveloped.

 

Testicles

Well developed.  Evenly balanced.  Scrotum not unduly divided.  Carrying two testicles.

 

Height (At withers) Does 81cm.  Bucks 94cm.

Coat

Short and smooth.  Bucks may have a longer coat.

 

Colour

50% or more other than white.  Tan or darker skin.

 

Differing from ideal (found and recognised)

Horns, slightly raised bridge to nose.  Uneven tassels.  Longer hair along back and down the quarters.  Wry tail.

 

Faults

Lack of dairy quality.  Lack of milking capacity.  Lack of masculinity in bucks.  Size differing substantially from the ideal.  Uneven gait.  Low set ears.  Roach or sway back.  Weak or narrow chest.  Shallow body.  Steeply sloping rump.  Close hocks.  Dropped pasterns.  Poor feet.  Splayed toes.  Fleshly, pendulous or slightly divided udder.  Pocket in udder.  Small, thin, large, bulbous, ill-defined or unbalanced teats. Divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum.  Excessively raised bridge to nose.  Pink skin.

 

Disqualification

Wry face.  Obviously overshot or undershot lower jaw.  Pendulous ears.  Double or supernumerary teats.  Supernumerary orifices.  Undescended testicles in bucks or one testicle only.  More than 50% white.  Pink skinned udder.  Intersex.