Special Characteristics: 
They have relatively strong constitution and wide bones, are large and are valued for their heavier weight and good fattening traits.
Main Location: 
The breed is concentrated in Zanjan but is also found in parts of west Azerbaijan (South-eastern areas of Urmia lake), east Azerbaijan, and Kurdistan provinces.
Originated in the Afshari area named after a tribe that immigrated from Khorasan to Azerbaijan and Zanjan during the Shah Abass period of the Safavid dynasty in the mid sixteenth century.