ARGOS

Argos

 

History

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. 

Population*

Classified as 'Critical' (2019).

 

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THRAKI

Thraki

 

History

The sheep of western Thrace were formerly also known as Kivircik, denoting perhaps genetic links with the similarly named breed of northeast Asia Minor. Although, Thraki sheep are even-woolled, they show certain similarities with coarse-woolled sheep such as Sarakatsaniko

Morphological Traits

Thrace sheep are of small size, even-woolled with the conformation of mountain type sheep.

Population*

Classified as 'Not at Risk' (2019).

 

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AGRINIO

Agrinio

 

History

The Agrinio breed evolved in the lowlands surrounding Agrinion and Amphilochia in Aetoloakarnania. Agrinion sheep were bred in relatively large herds, housed in traditional installations and grazed on the local vegetation which was especially rich during the rainy season. 

 

Morphological Traits

Agrinion sheep are large sized, coarse-woolled and thin-tailed.

Population*

Classified as 'Vulnerable' (2019).

 

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SARAKATSANIKO

Sarakatsaniko

 

History

The Sarakatsaniko is a very old breed identified with the nomadic lifestyle of the Sarakatsans, a group of Greek pastoralists who traditionally moved throughout the Balkans. There are still some pure herds of the breed in the Rodope, Thessaly and Epirus regions.

Morphological Traits

The Sarakatsaniko breed is small-sized, coarse-woolled and thin-tailed. 

Population*

Classified as 'Not at Risk' (2019).

 

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EVDILOS IKARIA

Evdilos Ikaria

 

History

The Evdilos Ikaria breed was first mentioned in the 1960s. It was bred on the island of Ikaria and in particular the Evdilos region after which it was named. Despite efforts by the ‘Amalthia Network’ to establish two nuclei, very few pure specimens remain in small domestic groups of 4-5 animals and isolated individuals scattered among larger (mixed) herds.

Morphological Traits

The Evdilos Ikaria breed is a medium to large-sized, even-woolled and semi-fat-tailed sheep.

Population*

Status classified as 'Critical' (2019).

 

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