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Three dark gray and black Criollo sheep with long curled horns.Also Known By: Creole, Chilludo, Pampa, Colombian, Lucero, Tarhumara, Uruguayan, Venezuelan


The Criollo breed developed in the highlands of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela over hundreds of years. The ancestors of the present day Criollo is believed to be the Spanish Churro which was brought to this area in the mid-1500's. The present day breed has a coarse fleece of carpet type wool. they are typically white, black or pied.

A herd of brown and black Criollo sheep with a small lamb in front.











Mason, I.L. 1988. World Dictionary of lIvestock Breeds. Third Edition. C.A.B. International. 348 pp.

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