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Karakul Sheep

  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Bovidae
  • Genus: Ovis
  • Species: aries
Fun Fact

Most males live 20 years where females live around 24 years. Karakul are hardier and tend to live longer than other sheep species.

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About Karakul Sheep

Karakul sheep are born black with the wool turning gray as they age. Usually one lamb is born at a time, but occasionally twins might be born.

This is considered one of the oldest breed of domesticated sheep, evidence suggest it could date back to 1400 B.C. in central Asia.

For centuries, oriental rugs have been made from hair of the Karakul sheep. The hair has a strong hair fiber. Also, the meat can be eaten and the fat in the tail can be used as tallow for candles and soap.

Karakul Sheep in the Wild


High altitudes, desert region, but also very adaptable.


Russia and Asia. They have been brought into Africa, Canada and the United States by sheepherders.


They feed on grasses and vegetation.

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