Harlequin Generations

Harlequins will be registered based on generations: F1, F2, FP, A, B, C, AP. We choose to use the letters because this allows for improvement in the breed throughout the course of the registry.

Foundation Status

F1: One parent is a registered Harlequin and the other parent is a different breed, approved by the registry. (Babydoll Sheep)

F2: One parent is F1 and the other parent is a harlequin that is higher in the registration process or both parents are F1

FP: Foundation Pure - one or both parents are F2 or one parent is F2 and the other parent is a harlequin that is higher in the registration process.

**Note: Unknown parents that possess qualities of a Harlequin will be registered as F1. Once the offspring of that line show proven characteristics of Harlequins, they can be upgraded to F2, and so on.    

**Sheep with registered lineage that do not carry the characteristics of a Harlequin can be registered and will be marked with an 'O' to represent not having the physical characteristics, but carrying the gene.

True Harlequins

A:  One or both parents are FP or one parent is FP and the other parent is a Harlequin that is higher in the registration process. 

B:  One or both parents are A or one parent is A and the other parent is a Harlequin that is higher in the registration process. 

C:  One or both parents are B or one parent is B and the other parent is a Harlequin that is higher in the registration process.

Purebred Harlequins

ยท AP: American Purebred - Both parents are C Generation. This is the highest generation in the registration process.

Harlequin Generation Calculator

Members Robin and Steve Williams (along with his Dad, Ray) bring us an Excel based tool to determine what letters you sheep will have as part of their registration designation. This is a great way to see what potential matings will result in. Thank you, Willliams family!

CLICK HERE TO USE THE HARLEQUIN GENERATION CALCULATOR