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


Unsure about registering your Karakuls? Our short Why Register document can help.

For now, FORMS are located below this informative Introduction (January 2021).


The Karakul Shepherds Alliance Registry KSAR seeks to find and identify Karakul flocks across North America, including Canada, and provide a process for worthy individuals to gain registration to help maintain the breed for generations to come.



Through the work of dedicated shepherds, preserve the American Karakul and its genetic diversity and essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency.

Through the work of a dedicated Open Registry, maintain breed integrity to include all qualifying animals into the Registry, and equally exclude sheep that fall outside ranges set in the Standard of Perfection, based on evaluations of an individual’s breed character and their flock history.


KSAR was formed to build a roster of Karakul flocks in North America and to provide services to register and archive records of individual Karakul sheep.

As best is possible for a virtual inspection, KSAR Advisors have established a protocol that assures the quality standard of Karakul breed type.  With the history of the sheep known, it should meet the American Karakul Standard of Perfection. The exclusive combination of Persian lamb birth coat, a broadtail, refined ‘desert spirit’ head, and unique topline defines and separates the Karakul from other sheep breeds.

We invite shepherds to note birth coat characteristics for their farm records and KSAR registration. KSAR will issue certificates and store the data for later retrieval in the Alliance database. Tracking these traits is important in maintaining birth coat genetics in future Karakul generations. 

The KSAR 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 page (mail-in) or Flock Finder online. Some lambs will need a Breeding Verification form if sire or dam were not owned at breeding time.

  1. From other Karakul registries — KSAR accepts transfers of certificates. 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 usually required. A separate application is not necessary.
  2. From known flocks — KSAR will register adults and lambs. A single photo per sheep is acceptable for paper Applications, $5 each.  Photos Only Applications usually need 4 to 6 photos and only 5 lines of information in the Application Section 1, are $10 each registration. Follow instructions on the Application.
  3. From newly located flocks that have made known their history of acquisitions and breeding program — KSAR will register adults and lambs. These usually require at least four photos of individual sheep. Use the Application for Registration, $5 each. Or use Section 1 only of Application, $10 each. Check with Registrar for more details.
  4. Flocks or individual sheep that are not known, have little or no history, will require special attention. KSAR will register ewes only, using a procedure outlined in our Registry Policy 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.

More registration details are available in our Registry Policy document.

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.

Why Register? There is great value for breeders in making registrations a priority and impressing the same with new buyers. By immediately completing transfers and submitting them to the registrar, breeders set the example and assure that records are updated and accurate.  Why Register is a bit over half-page long, and also provides some info on How an unregistered Karakul advances through the KSAR Open Registry.


All updated 2020 (except #1 2019):

  1. Farm & Flock Finder
  2. Registration Application   
  3. Birth Coat Assessment
  4. Barn Worksheet
  5. Work Order/Fees
  6. Standard
  7. Breeding Verification
  8. Registry Policy (4 pgs)



  1. Why Register
  2. Color Genetics
  3. Traditional Flocks
  4. Judges Guide
  5. Important Relevant Documents Combined (7 pgs)


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


KSAR OBJECTIVE Currently in Progress:

To establish and build an on-line application procedure from a registry database that will generate pedigrees for individual sheep and maintain farm registration history. With read-only access, it will allow breeders to track traits and pedigrees within their own flocks, and provide information about other Karakul sheep for prospective additions to develop desired traits.  

KSAR WISHES for Karakul breeders:

  1. To understand the importance of Karakul registrations and participate in registering their breeding stock.
  2. To instill in new breeders the importance of registration by transferring registration certificates to the buyer’s name immediately.
  3. To contribute copies of old certificates to add information to the Alliance database which will broaden the scope of pedigrees for conserving the breed and its North American Karakul Bloodlines into the future.

Here are 4 KSAR certificate examples:

pre-2018 style: Anastasiya

2019 style: Tin Man is one of the certificates designed in preparation for the database, with a focus more heavily on identifying the individual sheep, calculating Bloodline percentages, and a 2-generation pedigree on the reverse side.

2020 style: Toque and Polly are the very latest certificates that have more detailed Bloodline calculations (when pedigrees are available) and a 3-generation pedigree on the reverse, along with space for three transfers (Polly has 2 spaces).

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

Page updated January 2021


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