Goat Breeds Boer


Boer doe.


Boer buck.


Boer doe with twins.


The Boer breed is characterized by a red head and red on at least a portion of the neck, with a white body. They have large pendulous ears. Some breeders have chosen to breed and promote solid color Boers, but there is little scientific evidence that they have any unique merit in productivity. Several Boer breed associations exist …

Goat Breeds Pygmy


Pygmy goat.


Pygmy goat.


Pygmy does grazing.

Pygmy goats are small goats of African origin. They were originally called the Cameroon Dwarf goat. The goat is mostly restricted to the West African countries. Similar forms of Pygmy goats also occur in all of northern Africa, in the southwestern African countries and also in east Africa. However, what we call the Cameroon Dwarf goat is the one …

Goat Breeds Kiko


Kiko buck.




Kiko buck.


The word “kiko” had traditionally been used by New Zealand’s native people, the Maori, to describe substantial meat producing animals. In Maori, the Polynesian language spoken by the Maori people, “kikokiko” is the generic term for flesh for consumption. Originally, a consortium of New Zealand’s farmers were determined to continue the local usage to describe the enhanced meat producing goat they …

Goat Breeds Nigerian Dwarf

Nigerian Dwarf

Nigerian Dwarf doe.


Nigerian Dwarf buck.


Nigerian Dwarf kids.

The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature goat of West African origin. Its conformation is similar to that of the larger dairy goat breeds. The parts of the body are in balanced proportion. The nose is straight. The ears are upright. The coat is soft, with short to medium hair.

Although Dwarf goats may come in many colors,the main colors …

Goat Breeds Nubian


Nubian doe.


Nubian does.


Nubian does grazing.

The Anglo-Nubian breed originated in England as a cross between the Old English Milch Goat and the Zariby and Nubian bucks imported from India, Russia, and Egypt. They have been exported to most countries from England. In the United States they are referred to as simply Nubians.

The head is the distinctive breed characteristic, with the facial profile between the eyes and …

Goat Breeds Oberhasli


Oberhasli doe.





The Oberhasli is a breed of dairy goat from the district of the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. The name loosely translates as “highlander.” This breed is of medium size, vigorous and alert in appearance. Its color is chamois. Does may be black but chamois is preferred. Chamois is considered being bay, ranging from light to a deep red bay, with the latter the most …

Goat Breeds Saanen


Saanen doe.


Saanen does. Photo wikimedia CC 3.0


Saanen buck.

The Saanen goat originated in the Saanen valley in the south of Canton Berne, Switzerland. In 1893, several thousand head were taken out of the valley and spread throughout Europe. Between 1904 and the 1930s, approximately 150 Saanens were imported into the United States from Switzerland.

Saanen does are heavy producers of milk and usually yield 3 percent to …

Goat Breeds Toggenburg


Toggenburg buck.



Toggenburg doe. Photo by Teunie / CC BY http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

The Toggenburg is a breed of goat named after the region in Switzerland where the breed originated, the Toggenburg Valley. Toggenburgs are medium in size, moderate in production and have relatively low butterfat content — 2 percent to 3 percent — in their milk. They are also known as being …

Goat Breeds Myotonic


Myotonic doelings.


Myotonic does.


Myotonic buck.

Myotonic goats, which have roots in Tennessee, are often referred to as wooden leg, stiff leg or Tennessee fainting goats. These goats have a recessive gene that makes their skeletal muscles lock up when the animal is startled, causing them to fall over briefly. It is one of the few breeds indigenous to the United States. The Myotonic goat is …