Karakul

Synonyms: 
Astrakhan, Bukhara, Arabi, Duzabi, Kambar, Shirazi, Sur; Persian Lamb
Special Characteristics: 
Body size is large (54kg in males and 41kg in females); head very strong with facial profile slightly convex in males and straight in females; horns usually present in males and are slightly ribbed and curved backwards and outwards; ears are medium length and pendent; neck short and thick; chest well developed; back long and slightly dipped; medium length legs; coat colour is variable but for pelt production grey is preferred (Wilson, 1991).
Main Location: 
Major Karakul populations in Africa are found in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, with small numbers in Angola and Rwanda; the climate in its habitat is arid to hyper-arid, and the production system is mainly commercial ranching and pastoral (Wilson, 1991).
Origin: 
This breed probably originated in the area of Syria, Jordan and Mesopotamia; the breed was widely established about 1200 years ago in Bokhara and China; they were imported into South Africa in 1907 from Germany to where they had first been introduced during the last few years of the 19th century (Wilson, 1991).
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