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History of the Tunis Sheep
The Tunis Sheep is a distinctive American breed fashioned from, what most accounts describe as
“fat-tailed,” and “Barbary,” sheep imported from North Africa and the Middle East in 1799. They
are often linked to prominent American colonists including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and
Judge Richard Peters. Eventually, in reference to their geographic origin (Tunisia), these sheep
became known as Tunis.
Tunis Sheep quickly became favored for the flavor of their meat and their tolerance of heat and
humidity. They were soon strongly entrenched in the mid-Atlantic region and the Southeast. Tunis Sheep
were the primary breed of sheep in the Southern States until the Civil War wiped out substantial numbers.
While still on the ALBC watch list, Tunis Sheep have been re-establish in all parts of the continental U.S. with
breeders in 42 states. Strangely enough 3 of the states lacking breeders are Louisiana, Mississippi and
Alabama in the Southeast where Tunis were once king.
Characteristics of the Tunis Sheep
Stunning red color
Creamy white wool
High rate of twinning
High carcass yields
Heat tolerance and vigor
Tunis sheep have a lot to offer!