Shetland Patterns and Markings
Patterns and markings are hereditary in Shetland sheep.
Not all of the genetics underlying the various patterns and markings are
clear cut; some have not yet been fully researched. As a general
guideline, patterns are set by the Agouti gene, i.e. Gulmoget and
Katmoget. Markings are controlled by other genes, with S (spotting)
being a major contributor.
Many of the patterns and markings have Old Norse names
that do have equivalents in other breeds. For instance, the Katmoget
pattern is roughly the same as Badgerface and Gulmoget is similar to Black
and Tan or Mouflon; Flecket equates to larger spots.
Sometimes, patterns and markings can be combined in the
same sheep. For instance, HST (shorthand for Head/Socks/Tail
markings) combines many
of the head markings with Sokket markings, etc. and many breeders have Sokket Katmogets (the
Katmoget pattern with white or light feet and legs instead of the usual dark feet
and legs) or Krunet Katmogets (Katmogets with a white head spot in
addition to the regular Katmoget facial pattern). Spots can occur in
combination with most everything else though sometimes they may be hidden
by other pattern or marking elements.