THE HEAD: Should be short to medium in length and broad. Eyes should be prominent and obvious. Sometimes they are referred to as bug-eyed or pop-eyed. Eyes are generally brown, blue, marbled or amber in color. The facial profile should be slightly concave (dished) or straight. Roman noses are not allowed and will not be eligiable for registration. Muzzles should be broad and slightly rounded. Jaws should be well formed with an even bite. Ears should be medium in width and length,and carried horizontally and slightly forward to give an alert expression. They should never be pendulous or lie close to the head. A triangular shaped ear (puppy) is not eligible to be registered. Pendulous ears are not allowed and will not be eligible for registration. Most will have a distinct wave or ripple about half way down the length of the ear. Goat’s horns should be nicely developed. 1-2 inches should be between the horns. Polled and disbudded goats are also allowed. *Wattles are acceptable. Wattles date back as far as the breed can be traced according to an article written by Dr. Phillip Sponenberg.
NECK: Should be moderate in length attaching nicely into the withers and shoulders. Does should have a refined feminine look while bucks should reveal a more masculine feature.
FRONT LEGS & CHEST: Legs should be tightly attached to the body. They should be straight and show good bone density. The chest should be moderately broad revealing a nice brisket, however, they will not have huge brickets as seen in some of the larger meat goats .
BACK & BARREL: Medium in length with a strong level topline. Well-muscled and showing good depth.
RUMP: Should show a slight downward angle when viewed from the side. Pin bones should be slightly lower than the hips, wide and somewhat pronounced. The tail should be nicely set and tapered.
HIND LEGS: Should be straight. Moderate width should be noted. Pasterns should be short and straight. Hind legs should show good bone density. No cobbyness accepted. A goat that shows cobbyness much like the Pygmy goat will not qualify for registration. (Pygmy goats are not allowed to have a cannon of more than 4.5″ as an adult).
FEET: They should be proportional to the goat, strong and well-shaped. Hooves should be symmetrical with good heel depth.
DOES versus BUCKS: Does will show off their feminine side while bucks tend to be more masculine. Does should have a high and nicely attached udder. It should be of medium to large in size without being pendulous. Two teats of uniform size are desired. Bucks should also have two non-functional teats. Bucks should have two testicles of equal size, descended fully and showing firmness. (Teats and Testicles are discussed futher on our judges score card. They can be considered a fault and points counted off or in some cases disqualified)
COLOR: Any colors or patterns are acceptable. Frosting on the nose and ears are acceptable. You may refer to our color chart in the education section!
COAT: They should have a healthy appearance. They can range from short to shaggy to long. They may include cashmere during the winter months. No curly hair or angora type accepted.
OTHER BREED CHARACTERISTICS, IMPORTANT TO NOTE ARE:
They are known to be a very hardy goat
They have a docile personality and most all ages can enjoy them.
They are year round breeders, not just seasonal.
They are easy kidders. Great moms.
They are more parasite resistant when compared to other breeds.
They are good foragers that actively seek out their own food and are efficient with winter feed.
Traditionaly the breed is considered a slow maturing goat.
They are one of the most colorful breeds.
SIZE: This varies . There is no minimum or maximum height set. Original herds ranged from 17″-25″. Weighing 60-175#. AFGO believes that most goats today will still come very close to this origianl size. We do understand that over time the breed has slightly grown due to better management and nutrition. Historically these goats are known to be slower growing than your other meat goats. This is not the best attribute for a good commercial goat. That is why the push is on to breed them to become a bigger goat that matures faster. This will and has changed the breed.You must keep in mind that goats bigger or smaller than the original size may lack some of the important traits and characteristics that Breeders are encouraged to breed for. Breeders, however, must determine what size they prefer while at the same time ensuring to keep all the characteristics that make the fainting goat unique.