History

History of Karakul Sheep

So why do this, Karakul history that is?

Because it is not just about the history, but about the collection of personalities, the people involved with Karakul sheep at the turn of the last century. Many were in it for the money, several wanted notoriety on top of that, but they all cared passionately about Karakul sheep and wanted to see them succeed in this country. I can imagine the extreme disappointment many of them felt when the Persian lamb fur market collapsed in the late 1940s, and prices never came back. However, a century after their innovative shepherding there are still many breeders who are so enthusiastic about this captivating, ancient breed of sheep.

I appreciate more what the Karakul pioneers did, now that I am older. It is my hope that you are, or become, as fascinated and intrigued by American Karakul history as I am.

Deborah Hunter, Alliance Web Shepherd, February 2015

A one-page article Karakul Sheep: Their American History, was the inside back cover of The Shepherd magazine in their feature “Focus: Karakuls”, December 2016.

I am a librarian and former shepherdess of the breed. I love Karakul history! If you have 20th century Karakul articles, letters, pictures, magazines, or record books, please connect with me by typing in the box below Leave a Reply and hitting Post Comment, or email in private: info@karakulshepherds.org   Thank you.
Deborah, March 2017

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