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Chios are semi-fat-tailed milk Mediterraneanrnsheep. Like many breeds, the exact origin of the Chios is unknown. Some sourcesrnsuggest it is the result of crossbreeding between local sheep of the island ofrnChios (Greece) and breeds from Anatolia (Turkey). The Chios is typically whiternwith black, occasionally brown, spots around the eyes, and on the ears, nose,rnbelly and legs. The entire head is often black.

rnrnrnrnFemale conformation isrntypically dairy. Milk production for the breed varies from 265 to 660 poundsrn(120-300 kg) of milk per location depending on management and husbandryrnconditions. The highest production recorded is 1,317 pounds (597.4 kg) during arn272 day lactation.

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