Karakul Sheep

Basics & a few Scholarly Papers

This one page Karakul Judges Guide-Basic Standard is great for sheep judges and anyone looking for a quick study of Karakul sheep. (Updated Sept 2020)
Basic recommendations for show ring presentations are in NOTES ON SHOWING at the bottom of the document.

Click here for the full Karakul Breed Standard, or you can access it on the Registry page.


Alliance’s Karakul Sheep Brochure

An Informational Journey in Photographs


Brochure Inside

Brochure Outside




Helpful Tips for Printing: Use best quality paper, 28 lb or 32 lb.

Everyday paper is 20 lb and the vibrant colors will show through, 24 lb is OK.

Printing might be easier from images; JPGs of Brochure inside & out included.

For certain PDF print settings—make sure Border is turned off. Front photo needs to be on the edge. To print double-sided automatically, click Flip in Short Edge.

See Books Plus page to order Brochures in quantity.

Printed on heavy 28 to 32 lb paper with a nice texture to it.


Dr. Maurice Shelton, research geneticist emeritus at AgriLife Research, San Angelo, Texas, studied Karakuls at that location for a number of years. The two white papers were in the exhibitors’ document packet for the 1993 Karakul Gathering in Estes Park, Colorado. Dr. Shelton presented his research for breeders at that event. The 1989 and 1993 articles have the same name but were published for different reasons; therefore, the wording and content are slightly different, and topic order is changed in the papers.

1989 Unique Features of Fat-tail Sheep, Shelton, Maurice, in Colored Sheep and Wool, Exploring their Beauty and Function. No copyright permission yet. Use the Leave a Reply box below to request a PDF for your personal use. Ask for 1989 Shelton paper.

1990 Karakul Sheep, Shelton, Maurice, white paper

1993 Unique Features of Fat-tail Sheep, Shelton, Maurice, white paper


Karakul – American Sheep written by The Livestock Conservancy

.DeVlieg black lamb

Page last updated October 2020

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