Characteristics

Head:  The head is reddish pink in colour, bare of wool but may have a covering of fine brown or whitish hair. A wide hornless forehead with ears of same colour, which are straight and alert.  Broad muzzle, prominent eye sockets with a bold eye.

Body:  Shoulders should be flat on top and no wider than the rib cage.  The Rouge should be symmetrical and block shaped.  The chest broad and deep. Avoid heavy, narrow or open shoulders.  The body should be long but must be in proportion to the rest of the body, the back to be level.  Avoid dips or slackness behind the shoulder.  The loin should be wide and deep.  The rump should be as wide and level as possible and not tapering in to the tail.  There should be ample length between the haunch and the tail neatly set in.  The gigot should be deep, round and well fleshed from the tail and down the hock.

Legs:  Legs should be fine boned, but capable of carrying the weight. The back legs should be well sprung from the hock, standing on short upright pasterns.  Legs may have a light covering of brown or whitish hair.  Avoid front legs too narrow or too wide apart, pigeon or open toed, cow hocked or straight back legs, weak or long pasterns.

Wool:  The wool is fine and close, with a moderately short staple.  Avoid an open fleece, kemp, black or brown spots in the wool, short staple, stripping around tail or down the neck.

Ewes:  Mature ewes weigh 70 – 100 kgThey have excellent mothering ability and are extremely milky.  Lambing percentage is well above average, with many pedigree flocks reaching well above 200%.  Out of season, breeding is a feature of the rouge and its early maturity.  This enables ewe lambs to be bred from in their first year.

Rams:  Mature rams weigh from 100 – 140 kg.  The Rouge is a dual-purpose breeding sire of medium size. It has excellent conformation, without excessive bone.  They are extremely hard workers and are easily adaptable to a range of climatic conditions found throughout the UK, even on the hill.