ANOGIA CRETE

Anogia Crete

 

History

The Anogia Sheep was mentioned as a distinct breed in the middle of the 1960s. It is locally known as ‘Psiloritiko’, after the ‘Psiloritis’ mountain range where it is bred, or ‘Silk Woolled’ due to the high percentage of distinct and refined wool in the fleece of many members of the breed.

Morphological Traits

Anogia is a small-sized, mixed- woolled, thin-tailed sheep.

 

Population*

Status classified as 'Not at risk' (2019).

 

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ASTEROUSIA CRETE

Asterousia Crete

 

History

The description of Asteriousa sheep as a distinct breed is recent and coincided with that of the Anogia sheep which it resembles considerably. Asterousia sheep originated in central Crete, in the Asterousia Mountain range, after which the breed was named. Few pure herds survive but there are many pure and crossed animals in mixed herds of the island.

Morphological Traits

Asterousia sheep are small-sized, coarse-woolled and thin-tailed.

 

Population*

Status classified as 'Minority' (2019).

 

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Karagouniko

 

KARAGOUNIKO

History

Karagouniko sheep are one of the best known and most numerous indigenous sheep breeds. Karagouniko sheep were mentioned in the mid 20th century as a typical representative of plains autochthonous Greek breeds descending from the Zackel group.

Morphological traits

The Karagouniko is a long and thin tailed, coarse-wooled, tall sheep.

Productivity traits

Population*

The status of the breed is considered “Not at risk” (2019).

 

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SITIA

Sitia

 

History

The Sitia Sheep was already mentioned in the 1950s as a breed of the easternmost part of Crete. Nevertheless, in the neighbouring Dodecannese island of Kassos, sheep with similar characteristics are bred and it is speculated they may belong to the same breed. 

Morphological Traits

The Sitia breed is a coarse-woolled, thin-tailed sheep and the smallest of all mountain type breeds of Crete.

 

Population*

Status classified as 'Minority' (2019).

 

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