The breed was formed on the island of Chios from crosses of autochthonous sheep possibly with fat tailed sheep of the Karaman or Daglic breeds. In 1996 the agricultural co-operative of ‘Chios Sheep Breeders - Macedonia’ was formed with breeders in the Chalkidiki, Thessaloniki, Pella and Imathia prefectures focusing on the breed’s genetic improvement.
Chios is a large sized, even woolled, semi-fat tailed sheep.
Classified as ‘Not at Risk’ (2019).
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