The KSAR Open Registry

PLF Hindi’s Raine born Jan 2016   In preparation for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, a photo for her registration certificate

Page is a work in progress early July 2020

The Karakul Shepherds Alliance Registry (KSAR) was formed to build a roster of Karakul flocks in North America and to provide service to register and archive records of individual Karakul sheep.

Inherent in bringing new animals into the Alliance Open-type Registry is the establishment of a protocol that would assure the quality standard of Karakul type. With the history of the sheep known, it should meet the American Karakul Standard of Perfection. The unique combination of a broad tail and Persian lamb birth coat defines and separates the Karakul from other sheep breeds. We invite shepherds to note birth coat characteristics for their farm records, KSAR registration and certification, storage and later retrieval in the Alliance database. Tracking these traits is important in maintaining birth coat genetics in future Karakul generations. Registration Past & Present link (broken 7/9/20)

The OPEN Registry allows that individual sheep are welcome even though sire and dam are not currently registered. Depending on the individual Karakuls, there may be some evaluation procedures.

Registration Types Available

For all registrations, your farm needs a KSAR flock number assigned. Use Farm & Flock Finder.

  1. KSAR accepts transfers of certificates from other Karakul registries. For $3 duplicate fee, new certificates will be issued with KSAR registration numbers. Provide copies of the old certificates, front & back, and a current photo of the sheep is requested. A separate KSAR application is not necessary.
  1. KSAR will register adults and lambs from known flocks. A single photo per sheep is acceptable for form Applications, $5 each. Photos Only Applications usually need 4 to 6 photos and only Section 1 of the Application, $10 each registration. Follow instructions on the Application for Registration.
  1. KSAR will register adults and lambs from newly located flocks that have made known their history of acquisitions and breeding program. These usually require at least four photos of individual sheep, and possibly photos of the parents. Use the Application for Registration, $5 each. Or use Section 1 only of Application, $10 each. Check with Registrar for more details.
  1. Flocks or individual sheep that are not known, have little or no history, will require special attention. For ewes only, we have a procedure outlined in our policy document Traditional Flocks, Bloodlines & Registration to verify important Karakul characteristics. These require multiple photos of ewes and their lambs. Please contact the Registrar personally to discuss. After a positive result, proceed with the Application for Registration, $5 each. Or use Section 1 only of Application, $10 each.

Complete and submit the Work Order/Fee Schedule

Registration is essential in keeping the pedigrees and information on Karakuls in order to preserve their ancestry and history as a breed. Listing individual traits and characteristics can aid shepherds with breeding decisions. Without registration, genetic lines can disappear, become inbred, or a breed’s existence can be threatened. Registration can be supportive to provide proof of ownership for neighbors, insurance, theft, and offer peace of mind if the pedigree information is lost through a disaster. The information shepherds provide will be added to the database and broaden the scope of Karakul pedigrees for conserving the breed into the future.  Goals, Objectives & Wishes link (broken 7/9/20)

Why Register? link (broken 7/9/20) There is great value for breeders in making registrations a priority and impressing the same with new buyers. By immediately completing transfers, submitting them to the registrar and paying the transfer fees, breeders set the example and assure that records are updated and accurate.

FORMS INDEX    All have been updated after March 2020 (exception Farm & Flock Finder (2019):

Farm & Flock Finder

Application for Registration    **With COAT Notes for Star-Rating!
Sketch for Registration   **EASIEST way to Register **

Birth Coat Assessment    **With COAT Instructions for Star-Rating

Karakul Lamb Barn Worksheet   **How to Star-Rate Karakul Lambs

Work Order/Fees for KSAR   NEW June 2020, includes book ordering & fees for pedigrees

Standard of Perfection – Guide for Registration

Basic Points-Guide for Judges

Verification of Breeding **NEW March 2020  (Use this form to record sheep not owned at breeding time)

Color Genetics BASERS Guideline  **by Letty Klein**

Traditional Flocks-Bloodlines & Registration

Other Important Information

How to Register Karakul Sheep

Terms to Use for Registration

Send identifying photos for registration to:  OR Text Photos to 206.371.0995 with permission to post online if OK

Consider a file share service like Dropbox, Flickr, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive to share large numbers of photos


We look for identifying information on a sheep presented for registration. Advisors are aware that each individual sheep can be so unique with numerous characteristics to identify—lamb birth coat, ear length, tail size, color, horns, etc. We have tried to keep the registration process simple while cataloging the features that make an individual Karakul distinctive, with data we can use in the future. The fastest way is with 3 to 6 identifying photos, our half-page Sketch Form , enclose $10 and allow me to identify the registration characteristics for the sheep. Easiest way to register a Karakul!

Here are 3 KSAR certificate examples: Anastasiya (old style), Toque, Tin Man are certificates designed in preparation for the database, focus more heavily on identifying the individual sheep and calculating bloodline percentages, with a 2-generation pedigree on the reverse side. The very latest certificates have more detailed Bloodline calculations (when pedigrees are available) and a 3-generation pedigree on the reverse with three places for transfers, Polly (shows 2 transfers).

As a reminder how important registration is for rare breeds, you are invited to read an Autumn 2013 article entitled Why Registration Matters by Alison Martin, PhD in the Livestock Conservancy News  

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Type in the box under Leave a Reply below, or email directly:

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