Biology and behavior

Self-sufficient herd animal

The natural habitat of the Karakul Sheep is Central Asia where it has been kept and bred by human beings for several thousands of years. In terms of biology and behavior, the Karakul hardly differs from other sheep species. It is ideally adapted to life in such sparse natural environments and is a highly pronounced herd animal.


Originally, the sheep were bred for their wool and meat. Since the fur production industry discovered this animal, however, Karakul sheep have been held in large herds on farms in Central Asia, Russia, and Southern Africa in order to produce fur. The producers are mainly interested in the soft fur of the newborn lambs.



From meat to fur supplier

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