An old breed created about 100 years ago, it is named after Argos in the Peloponnese. Its origin is generally attributed to fat-tailed sheep from Asia Minor. According to certain sources, sheep specifically from the islands of Chios and Lesvos were crossed with a localized population of sheep from the  Argos region. Nowadays, few animals remain in Messinia, two small herds in Elia and one in the Boeotia regions.

Morphological Traits

It is a large-sized, coarse-woolled, fat-tailed sheep. 


Classified as 'Critical' (2019).


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