Karakul  Shepherds  Alliance


This website is a project dedicated to the awesome spirit and unique qualities of the sheep known as Karakul.  The Karakul Shepherds Alliance is less an organization and more a statement of the bond that exists between those who care for and love these precious ones.

We are attempting to solve a problem.  For more than a decade there has been much concern for the drastic decline in Karakul sheep and the shepherds who raise them in the US.

To start to address this situation, within this website, we are offering three services. Please go to the ABOUT page for a detailed introduction and overview.

  • Provide tools and information so Karakul breeders can find each other and share.
  • Locate all of the Karakul flocks in the US and attempt to get an annual population count via the Census.
  • Provide a registry service.

Current messages and conversations follow in the BLOG.  Older ones have been archived. Please feel free to participate.

Basic Instructions:

The Tabs above ↑ the main photo are the pages of the Alliance’s Website. They contain current and historical information on Karakul Shepherds Alliance and Karakul sheep.

Below ↓ the main photo are the blog (Web log) posts of the Alliance’s site. This is where Karakul sheep breeders communicate, share and connect with each other.

In the right -> column are comments from breeders on various sheep topics. To read the comments, click on the  Topic Title. If you click on the quilt square (Gravatar) or the authors name it will direct you to their website.

The Alliance is in the News

Karakul Shepherds Alliance is in the News. Julia and Deborah have been busy writing. We have had some good timing along the way from major US sheep magazines to get the word out about the Alliance and what it is doing to help Karakul breeders come together and have their sheep recognized and counted.

January/February 2017, PRESS RELEASE: New Karakul Shepherds Alliance: Looking For Karakul Breeders in sheep! magazine, The Voice of the Independent Flockmasters

Fall 2016, PRESS RELEASE: Karakul Shepherds Alliance in the Black Sheep Newsletter, proceeded by Letty Klein’s introduction of the Alliance in her front page article  Michigan Shepherding (with COLOR photos)

Three articles were the back pages of The Shepherd magazine in their feature Focus: Karakuls December 2016; Pine Lane Farm Karakuls, American Karakul Sheep, and Karakul Sheep: Their American History

Our Letter Introducing The Alliance

Check out our web pages for News and Articles


Uzbek Shepherd

The Winter 2016-2017 front page photo was a bit different this season, so thought I would provide some details before question marks popped up.


The place is Uzbekistan. The sheep are most likely Karakuls. They sure do look like it. The photo was taken by Rick Misterly of Rice, Washington, a neighbor 5 miles down the road from Julia DeVlieg’s Anakus Karakuls. Date is the 1987 Peace Fleece Trip.   What is Peace Fleece?

Since 1985 Peace Fleece International is still going strong. Peace through Fleece.

Sheep Wanted

We are receiving requests for Karakul sheep from all over the US–California to West Virginia. Unfortunately these invitations are scattered across The Alliance website since interested shepherds were inspired to post on different pages. Consolidating the requests seemed like the way to go – Sheep Wanted is the latest Alliance Web page.

If you have Karakul sheep, check the Sheep Wanted page to see if you can fill the requests for breeding stock or meat. Expand your current market or help a fellow Karakul shepherd in neighboring states market theirs. If you know a Karakul breeder who might have what they are looking for, please point them to our website to connect with the requester.

Thanks for your interest in one of the most amazing animals on the planet!

Karakul ewe with lamb, the ultimate mother

Karakul ewe with lamb, the ultimate mother

Get in Touch

We are looking for Karakul flocks. We are long-time breeders who are concerned about the recent decrease in the American Karakul sheep population. We are very interested in the survival of the breed and encourage you to get in touch with us.

This site is for:

  • support for the shepherds
  • questions about the sheep

Please let us know what you need and what kind of help you would like from us. Feel free to post on a sheep topic of your choice. And please check back often.

It is mid-January 2016 and the Alliance Website and Blog are getting ready to serve Karakul breeders in 2016.

For a more detailed explanation of what we would like to accomplish please read our About page.

Elf Ears

Elf-eared Karakul sheep! How many Karakuls have you had or seen with these ears? Click on Leave a Comment above and tell us. Better yet send us some pictures.
About one to two inches in length, they are named elf ears because of their diminutive size.
Different, charming, attractive. Take a look below. And check out more of the uniqueness of Karakul sheep at the Gallery of Ears page.

DeVlieg 92 lamb w elf ears DeVlieg 95 lamb w short earsDeVlieg 96 ewe and lamb w elf ears


The Alliance’s main goals are:

  1. To provide services to Karakul breeders via this website karakulshepherds.org
  2. To tally an annual census of Karakul sheep in the USA via the online Karakul Census or by using the Farm & Flock/Census form and mailing to the Alliance.

For a more detailed explanation of our goals, please click on the About page.

We are interested in your comments, suggestions, ideas, and requests that you might have regarding this project. Please connect with us via this Blog post by clicking on Leave a Comment above, or email in private: info@karakulshepherds.org   Thanks!


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