Deccani breed is spread over the greater part of the central peninsular region, comprising the semi-arid areas of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It covers the major part of Maharashtra (especially the Pune Division); parts of Kurnool, Mehboobnagar, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Anantpur, Warrangel and the entire districts of Madak and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh; and Bidar, Bijapur, Gulbarga, and Raichur districts in Karnataka.

Medium-sized animals, predominantly black or black with white markings; white and brown/fawn animals are also seen. In a Maharashtra survey, distribution of colour was 54.92% completely black, 21% black with white or brown spots on head and 24% black or white with brown spots. A similar survey in Andhra Pradesh showed 57.18% black, 27.64% white and 15.18% mixed coloured and spotted. Rams are horned but ewes are polled. Ears are medium long, flat and drooping; ear. Tail is short and thin; tail. Fleece is extremely coarse, hairy and open. Belly and legs are devoid of wool.

The breed is well known for its wool, but also for its meat, both lamb and mutton. It has been described as a dual-purpose breed, with superior wool and near-mutton breed characteristics. In India

Mostly pure breeding, except in limited areas around Pune in Maharashtra and some areas in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Breeds has been undertaken for improving wool production and quality and meat production.
SIZE RAMS (Male) EVES (Female)
Body Weight 38 kg 28 kg
Body Length 67 cm 65 cm
Chest Girth 77 cm 70 cm
  • Adaptable to all types of climates from hot tropical to cold climates
  • Fast growth and excellent feed conversion ratio
  • High twinning percentage
  • Produces very good crossbreds with local goats
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