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Karakul sheep

Children’s Farms·Mammal

Karakuls are a medium-sized sheep with high-quality, lightweight fleece. The color can be any combination of white, brown, gray, and black, but the black gene is the most dominant. The karakul stands tall with a long, narrow body and head. Ears are generally long and point downward and slightly forward. It’s broad, fat tail is used for fat storage, similar to a camel’s hump. Karakuls were brought to the United States in 1908 and are said to be the oldest breed of domesticated sheep.

  • Conservation StatusThreatened
  • Body size100-225 lbs.
    25-30 in.
  • Native habitat High altitudes, various conditions of central Asia, South Africa, U.S.
  • DietGrass, leaves, twigs, hay
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