The Beltex is a medium sized sheep, long in body. It is wedge shaped from a narrow shoulder to a distinctive large double-muscled hind quarter.
The head is generally white in colour but may have black, blue or brown shadings or patches. Colour is irrelevant to quality. The fore face is short and thick.
The neck is thick and short.
Well muscled shoulder. A wide back and long barrel shaped body.
The distinctive characteristic of Beltex Sheep is the double-muscled hindquarters, sloping pelvis, low set tail, deep flushed, well rounded and full of meat. The excessive hindquarter development when compared to the line of the shoulders gives a wedge shaped appearance.
Sheep should be mobile and capable of natural service. Joints should be straight and sound. Legs are usually white but colour is relevant. Feet tight. Pasterns upright. Fine bone structure.
Tight, dense of medium staple length, affording a good protective birth coat to the lamb. A medium to tight fleece is tolerated.
Fine bone is a desirable characteristic.
Teeth are scored on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 is extreme and 5 extreme overshot, with 3 being perfect. Only animals with a score of 2, 3 or 4 are considered acceptable.