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11 MAIN SHETLAND COLOURS PLUS *INTERMEDIATE COLOURS
By Linda Wendelboe
Computer monitor colours may vary somewhat.
Click on "Mod Colours" below to see more details of these * colours.

Fleece colours in Ag sheep are a mix of light and dark fibres.  Fleece colours in Aa sheep are primarily fibres of one colour.  Each colour name can be applied to a range of colours and there will probably be some overlap or a transition zone between colours.  Click on  MORE to go to a page with more examples of that colour.  Warm Black is used as a colour name instead of Shetland Black in order to avoid confusion with the true black colour that is also found in Shetlands.  A number of breeders have contributed pictures for these colour pages.  Thanks to all of you who sent your photos in.

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COLOUR NAME

FLEECE COLOUR

RGB COLOUR VALUE

 White

(Genetically Awt)
 

MORE WHITE

 


Light Grey

(Genetically Ag and BB, a mix of light and black fibres)
 

 

Grey 

(Genetically Ag and BB, a mix of light and black fibres)
 

MORE AG GREYS

 

Emsket - dusky bluish-grey

(May be genetically Ag with BB which would be a mix of light and dark fibres, may also be found in the Katmoget pattern, a third genetic possibility is a light modified black - AaAaBB and MmMm - where all of the fibres are one colour )
 

 

Shaela - dark steely-grey,
like black frost

(Genetically may be Ag with a mix of light and dark colours or perhaps a modified black - AaAa, BB and Mm - which would have fibres of one darker but not quite black colour)

 

*Charcoal/Pewter - colour that corresponds to mioget but in the black tones; may be very similar to  Shaela or Emsket, but with more of a brown overtone

(Genetically likely a modified black - AaAa, BB and MmMm)

~119/100/77 to 210/190/168

Black

(Genetically AaAaBB)

MORE BLACKS AND WARM BLACKS
 

 0/0/0 to 30/30/30

*Warm Black (might also be called Shetland Black)

(Genetically AaAaBB, may be the result of AaAaBBBb; some warm blacks may be carrying Mm)

 

Musket - light greyish-brown

(Genetically Ag and BbBb, a mix of light and brown fibres)
 

MORE MUSKET

 

Mioget - lightest brown tone
(honey toned, yellowish-brown)

(Genetically likely AaAaBbBb and modified - MmMm)

~255/173/77 to 255/223/168

Fawn

(Genetically likely AaAaBbBb and carrying the modifier Mm)
 

~255/155/77 to 255/173/77

*Light Moorit

(Genetically AaAaBbBb, some light moorits may be carrying the Mm modifier)

 

Moorit - shades from fawn to dark reddish brown

(Genetically AaAaBbBb)

MORE MOORITS

~74/45/0 to 149/80/47

Dark Brown 

(May be the result of a number of genotypes; can be caused by AaAaBBBbMm)

MORE DARK BROWNS
 

~74/50/0

Linda Wendelboe 31/10/05

There are also many shades between these examples.  Click on the colour names to see more examples.  The SSS also has a web page with examples of fleece colours:  Shetland Sheep Society Fleece Colour Page
 

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