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Tunis sheep are one of the oldest sheep breeds. It is believedrnthat they roamed the hills of Tunis and parts of Algeria in North Africa priorrnto the Christian era. American Tunis sheep evolved from a number ofrnimportations of fat-tailed sheep from Africa and the Middle East that wererncrossed with established European breeds to improve the breed's meatrncharacteristics.rnrn 
rnrnThe earliest documented importation occurred in 1799, a giftrnto the U.S. from the ruler of Tunisia and entrusted to the care of JudgernRichard Peters of Pennsylvania. One of the largest advocates of the Tunis breedrnwas Thomas Jefferson, who owned a fairly large flock. The breed could have beenrna major breed in this country if most of the southern flocks had not beenrndestroyed during the Civil War.rnrn 

rnrnTunis are a unique looking breed with an unusual color ofrnreddish tan hair covering their legs, faces and long pendulous ears and minorrnfat deposits over the dock area. The Tunis is classified as a "rare"rnbreed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

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International Dairy Goat Registry - International Fiber Breed Registry
www.idgr-ifbr.com
I.D.G.R. was established in 1980 for the purpose of providing a low cost registration and record-keeping service for owners of ALL breeds of goats and sheep. With four herdbooks for Purebreds, Americans, Grades, and Experimentals in every breed, there is a ‘home’ in IDGR for every goat and sheep. In October 2014 we took on the name "International Dairy Goat Registry-International Fiber Breed Registry" to allow our name to better reflect our mission.

National Tunis Sheep Registry
www.countrylovin.com/NTSRI/


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