Please check out the bonafides of any breeder before paying money since unfortunately not all people claiming to have Babydoll Sheep for sale are telling the truth. If the seller won't show you extended pedigrees (four generations) for the sheep before you agree to buy, chances are that the sheep do not have known pedigrees, will not be registered and are only useful as pets. Don't forget to ask about Brucellosis accreditation and whether the seller will provide a National Vendor Declaration (this is a legal requirement for anyone selling sheep) and National Sheep Health Statement.
Many breeders keep waitlists so that they can notify people when they have Babydoll Sheep available.
ASSBA registered breeders
You may choose to buy sheep from flocks registered with Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association (ASSBA) as Southdown or Babydoll after self assessing their Babydoll traits.
To register these sheep with Babydoll Sheep Breeders Australia (BSBA) you will need to provide evidence to us that they are part of the ASSBA system along with their pedigree. These sheep are considered to be 100% Southdown in the BSBA registration system if their pedigree shows this. Their registration as Purebred Babydoll with BSBA will depend on the traits of the individual sheep as assessed by BSBA using our Babydoll Breed Type Matrix.
The stud names and contact details for breeders registered with ASSBA are listed online and are easy to look up.
ASSBA Southdown breeders - see breeders list on ASSBA website. Some of these flocks breed larger Southdowns that are not so useful in Babydoll breeding programs. Others are breeding smaller, compact Southdowns which can be very useful indeed. Sheep in ASSBA Southdown registered flocks are white.
ASSBA Babydoll breeders - see breeders list on ASSBA website. This registry was created in 2020 when some sheep from ASSBA Southdown flocks were renamed Babydolls and a registry was created for breeders who chose to do this. Sheep in ASSBA Babydoll registered flocks are white.
Registered breeders may choose to bring crossbred sheep or other breeds into their flock to introduce new wool colours and patterns. In this case, the % Southdown should be able to be traced in their pedigree and proven. In the BABA registry, these sheep can be given a Babydoll score indicating how well they fit our Babydoll breed standard.
Buying crossbred sheep may be a practical option if you want sheep as lawnmowers or pets and are not concerned about pedigree.
See also Buying Babydoll Sheep - Choices for ideas about what you might look for when buying sheep and Registration for ideas about whether registration matters for you.