Breed Standards

Australian Dairy Goat Breed Standards

Saanen Breed Standard

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE (style & quality): Attractive dairy type, revealing vigour, femininity in does or masculinity in bucks, with harmonious blending and correlation of parts, showing no tendency to coarseness.
  • HEAD (skull, eyes, ears, mouth, nostrils): Head slender, medium length, well balanced on neck, facial line dished or straight, skull broad between eyes, polled or neatly disbudded. Eyes large and bright amber colour. Pricked ears, medium size carried well above horizontal. Mouth: well developed muzzle, broad lips, open nostrils. Side profile should show no tendency to undershot or overshot jaw.
  • NECK: Blending smoothly into shoulders, with or without tassels. Does long and slender. Bucks fine and strong, not coarse.
  • BACKLINE: Strong, straight and horizontal from withers to hips.
  • FOREQUARTERS: Lean, high withers, set well into shoulders, which should blend firmly into body. Chest wide and deep in bucks, showing medium width and depth in does.
  • BODY (barrel): Long barrel wedge shaped, well sprung ribs, deep frame extending directly to udder.
  • HINDQUARTERS: Gradual fall from hips to tail, good width between hips and between thurls. Rump broad and strong, pin bones wide and prominent.
  • LEGS (hooves): Straight and strong. Forelegs showing proportionate width to chest, hindlegs hocks well apart. Pasterns short and strong, hooves sound and well shaped.
  • UDDER: Broad attachment high at rear and well forward in front and no pocket, not pendulous or unduly divided. Level sole, soft textured and showing good capacity. Skin tan.
  • TESTICLES: Scrotum well attached, relatively even and not divided or unduly pendulous, carrying two testes.
  • TEATS: Of adequate size for ease of milking, well attached and distinct from udder. Set well apart, pointing slightly forward and down, not outward.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two, set wide apart slightly to the fore and side of the scrotum, of good size but not overdeveloped, unless the buck is milking.
  • SIZE: Does 32 inches (81cm) Bucks 37 inches (94cm).
  • COAT: Short and smooth. Bucks may have a longer coat.
  • COLOUR: Even white or cream, tan skin. Black spots may appear on ears, nose, eyelids and udder.
  • DIFFERING FROM IDEAL (found and recognised): Horned. Raised bridge to nose. Longer hair along back and down the quarters. Uneven tassels.
  • FAULTS: Cow hocks. Dropped pasterns. Roach back or sway back. Size differing substantially from ideal. Lack of dairy quality. Uneven gait. Lack of masculinity in bucks. Pink skin. Poor feet. Splayed feet. Low set ears. Weak or narrow chest. Shallow body. Steeply sloping rump. Even biscuit tinge as distinct from cream. Fleshly, pendulous or unduly divided udders. Pocket in udder. Teats: small; thin; large; bulbous; ill defined; unbalanced. Lack of milking capacity. Divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum. Spots on barrel smaller than a 10 cent coin.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Wry face. Double or supernumerary teats. Double orifices. Parrot mouth. Obviously undershot jaw. Undescended testicles in bucks or one testicle only. Pendulous ears. Broken colour. Dark biscuit colour. Intersex. Patches on barrel greater than the size of a 10 cent coin.

Toggenburg Breed Standard

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE (style & quality): A robust dairy type of animal, active and vigorous, showing breed character and vitality, well proportioned. Any tendency to raciness or legginess is undesirable. Does feminine, bucks obviously masculine in appearance.
  • HEAD (skull, eyes, ears, mouth, nostrils): Head medium length, facial line straight, polled or neatly disbudded. Eyes set well apart, full and bright. Ears erect and pointing slightly forward. Muzzle broad and strong, but without coarseness. Side profile should show no tendency to undershot or overshot jaw.
  • NECK: Clean at junction with head and blended smoothly into shoulders, with or without tassels. Does long and fine, but not too slender. Bucks fine and strong, not coarse.
  • BACKLINE: Back strong, straight and horizontal to hips.
  • FOREQUARTERS: Fine withers, with shoulders sloping and blending into body. Chest full between the forelegs, deep in bucks, fairly deep in does.
  • BODY (barrel): Length of barrel proportionate to height. Rib cage well rounded, large, deep and wedge shaped body.
  • HINDQUARTERS: Gradual slope from hips to tail, good width between hips and between thurls. Rump broad and strong, pin bones wide and prominent.
  • LEGS (hooves): Well boned, strong, straight and parallel (not cow hocked). Strong in pasterns. Hooves sound and well shaped.
  • UDDER: Carrying well up the back and broadly attached with good fore development. Not pendulous or unduly divided, showing good capacity. Skin, colour fawn to dark brown and softly textured.
  • TESTICLES: Scrotum well attached relatively even and not divided or unduly pendulous, carrying two testes.
  • TEATS: Of adequate size for ease of milking, well attached and distinct from udder. Set well apart, pointing slightly forward and down not outward.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two, set wide apart slightly to the fore and side of the scrotum, of good size but not overdeveloped, unless the buck is milking.
  • SIZE (height): Does 31 inches (79cm) Bucks 35 ½ inches (90cm).
  • COAT: Does and Bucks to have a short coat, a short coat with longer fringes, or a long coat all over.
  • COLOUR: Light fawn to chocolate (with no preference for any shade) with white Swiss markings as follows; Facial stripes from above the eye to the muzzle, edges and tips of ears, legs from the knees and hocks down to hooves and insides of legs to trunk, on rump and around tail. Spots at base of tassels or on neck in place of tassels. Facial stripes may be indistinct in mature bucks.
  • DIFFERING FROM IDEAL (found and recognised): Cream or fawn instead of white markings. White hairs throughout coat. White spots on head or throat. Indistinct facial markings. White ears. Raised bridge to nose or dished facial line. Horned. Uneven tassels.
  • FAULTS: Small white spots on body. Steeply sloping rump. Cow hocks. Dropped pasterns. Roach back or sway back. Size differing substantially from ideal. Uneven gait. Pink skin. Poor feet. Splayed feet. Low set ears. Weak or narrow chest. Shallow body. Lack of dairy quality. Fleshy pendulous or unduly divided udders. Pocket in udder. Teats: small; thin; large bulbous; ill defined; unbalanced. Lack of milking capacity. Lack of masculinity in bucks. Divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum. Spots on barrel smaller than a 10 cent coin.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Parrot mouth or obviously undershot jaw. Black or rusty black coat colour. Double teats. Double orifices. Supernumerary teats. Intersex. Patches of white on barrel. Lack of characteristic Swiss markings. Wry face. Undescended testicles in bucks or one testicle only. Pendulous ears. White or cream belly. Patches on barrel greater than the size of a 10 cent coin.

Anglo Nubian Breed Standard

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE (style & quality): The ideal is a large exotic animal with a high, proud head carriage, majestic bearing and upright stance. The goat should show the true attributes of sound dairy type.
  • HEAD (skull, eyes, ears, mouth, nostrils): Profile short and arched. Polled or neatly disbudded. Muzzle fine and tapered, nostrils flat, ideally the bite should be where the teeth fit snugly against the dental pad, but the teeth may extend beyond the dental pad. Ears low set on the head long, broad and pendulous. Eyes should be almond shaped and set wide apart.
  • NECK: Strong, medium length and without tassels. Dewlap may be present on both bucks and does.
  • BACKLINE: Straight back either level or rising slightly to hips. May show slight dip behind withers but with no signs of weakness.
  • FOREQUARTERS: Withers well defined, blending firmly into shoulders. Chest broad and deep.
  • BODY (barrel): Heavy framed with good length and reasonable depth.
  • HINDQUARTERS: Rump rounded, broad and strong but not steep. Wide between thurls, tail short.
  • LEGS (hooves): Hooves sound and well formed. Legs strong and straight with no inclination to cow hocks or weak pasterns, which should be short, strong and upright.
  • UDDER: Showing a broad attachment and no pocket, softly textured with a good capacity. Slight division allowed.
  • TESTICLES: Well developed, evenly balanced, not divided, carrying two testes.
  • TEATS: Of good size, set well apart and distinct from the udder.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two, set wide apart slightly to the fore and side of the scrotum, of good size but not overdeveloped, unless the buck is milking.
  • SIZE: (height): Does 32 inches (81 cm) Bucks 37 inches (94 cm).
  • COAT: Short, fine and glossy.
  • COLOUR: Any colour or combination of colours. May be plain broken coloured or mottled but should not carry full Swiss markings. Skin black, but may be grey with black pigmentation.
  • DIFFERING FROM THE IDEAL (found and recognised): Horned, Wry tail. Slightly overshot jaw (the teeth may extend beyond the dental pad in older goats giving the appearance of a slightly overshot jaw but it is the top of the teeth that are out of line, not the actual jaw).
  • FAULTS: Fine bone and lack or size. Short, stiff ears. Straight face. Tassels. Cow hocks, dropped pasterns. Size differing substantially from ideal. Substantially overshot jaw. Visible teeth. Roach back or sway back. Tan skin. Poor feet. Splayed feet. Weak or narrow chest. Lack of dairy quality. Fleshy udder. Pocket in udder. Teats: small; thin; ill defined or unbalanced. Lack of milking capacity. Lack of masculinity in bucks. Unduly pendulous, divided or uneven scrotum.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Parrot mouth. Double teats. Double orifices. Supernumerary teats. Intersex. Pink skin. Wry face. Undescended testicles or one testicle only.

British Alpine Breed Standard

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE (style & quality); Tall, rangy and graceful with smoothly blended body exhibiting pronounced triple dairy wedge shape, fine but not inclined to weakness. Does feminine, bucks obviously masculine in appearance.
  • HEAD (skull, eyes, ears, mouth, nostrils): Head long with strong square muzzle, facial line dished or straight, polled or neatly disbudded. Eyes set well apart, full and bright. Ears erect and pointing slightly forward. Side profile should show no tendency to undershot or overshot jaw.
  • NECK: Blending smoothly into shoulders with or without tassels. Does long and fine. Bucks fine and strong, not coarse.
  • BACKLINE: Back strong, straight and horizontal or rising slightly to hips.
  • FOREQUARTERS: Withers fine and high, blending firmly into shoulders. Chest full between the forelegs, deep in bucks, fairly deep in does.
  • BODY (barrel): Abdomen well rounded, large, deep and wedge shaped, or proportionate length.
  • HINDQUARTERS: Gradual slope from hips to tail, good width between hips and thurls. Rump long and flat, pin bones wide and prominent.
  • LEGS (hooves): Long, strongly boned legs but not coarse or heavy. Front legs straight and parallel from front and side. Hind legs straight and parallel viewed from rear, hocks slightly bent when seen from the side. Pasterns fairly short and strong. Hooves sound and well shaped.
  • UDDER: Back attachment high and broad, fore attachment carried well forward and blending smoothly to abdomen, not pendulous or unduly divided, showing good capacity. Skin colour dark, pigmented in black and softly textured.
  • TESTICLES: Scrotum well attached, relatively even and not divided or unduly pendulous, carrying two testes.
  • TEATS: Of adequate size for ease of milking, well attached and distinct from udder. Set well apart, pointing slightly forward and down, not outward.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two set wide apart slightly to the fore and side of the scrotum, of good size but not overdeveloped, unless the buck is milking.
  • SIZE (height): Does 32 ½ inches (83 cm) Bucks 37 ½ inches (95 cm).
  • COAT: Short, fine and glossy, may have fine grey undercoat. Bucks may have a longer coat.
  • COLOUR: Black with the following white Swiss markings:
    Facial stripes from above eyes to muzzle and on muzzle, edges and tips of ears, legs from the knees and hocks down and insides of legs to trunk, on rump and under the base of tail. Bucks: facial stripes may fade in maturing bucks and may become grey on flanks with age.
  • DIFFERING FROM IDEAL (found and recognised): Indistinct facial marks. White hair around cheeks, forehead, at the base of or on tassel or on throat in place of tassels. Off white or cream markings instead of white. Colour tending to greyness (salt and pepper) around base of ears, throat or under neck. Less intense black. Other than grey or black skinned udders. Horned. Nose with slightly raised bridge. White ears. Uneven tassels. Longer fringe along backline and hindquarters.
  • FAULTS: Rusty black coat colouring. Small white spots on body. Cow hocks. Steeply sloping rump. Dropped pasterns. Roach back or sway back. Size differing substantially from ideal. Uneven gait. Poor feet. Splayed feet. Low set ears. Weak or narrow chest. Shallow body. Lack of dairy quality. Fleshy pendulous or unduly divided udders. Pockets in udder. Teats: small: thin: large bulbous; ill defined; or unbalanced. Lack of milking capacity. Lack of masculinity in bucks. Divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum. Spots on barrel smaller than a 10 cent coin.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Parrot mouth or obviously undershot jaw. Wry face. White patches on barrel or other than those specified above. Pink skinned udders. Double teats, double orifices. Supernumerary teats. Intersex. Lack of Swiss markings. White or cream belly. Pendulous ears. Undescended testicles in bucks or one testicle only. Patches on barrel greater than the size of a 10 cent coin.

Australian Melaan Breed Standard

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE (style & quality): Tall, rangy and graceful with smooth blended body exhibiting a pronounced triple dairy wedge shape, fine but not inclined to weakness. Does feminine, bucks obviously masculine in appearance.
  • HEAD (skull, eyes, ears, mouth, nostrils): Head long, facial line dished or straight, polled or neatly disbudded. Eyes set well apart, full and bright. Ears long, erect, high set, may point slightly forward. Muzzle well developed without coarseness. Side profile should show no tendency to undershot or overshot jaw.
  • NECK: Blending smoothly into shoulders. Does long and fine. Bucks long, fine but strong, not coarse. With or without tassels which if present must be black.
  • BACKLINE: Back strong, straight and horizontal or slightly rising to the hips.
  • FOREQUARTERS: Withers fine and high, blending firmly into the shoulders. Chest full between the forelegs, deep in bucks, fairly deep in does, smoothly blending when viewed from front and side.
  • BODY: Abdomen well rounded, large and deep, wedge shaped, of proportionate length to height.
  • HINDQUARTERS: Gradual slope from the hips to the tail, good width between hips, thurls and escutcheon. Rump long and flat, pin bones wide and prominent. Tail of good length, carried straight.
  • LEGS (HOOVES): Long strongly boned legs, but not coarse or heavily boned. Front legs straight and parallel from front and side. Hind legs straight and parallel viewed from the rear, hocks slightly bent when viewed from the side. Pasterns strong and fairly short, hooves sound, well shaped and preferably solid black.
  • UDDER: Back attachment high and broad, fore attachment carried well forward and blending smoothly into the abdomen. Not pendulous or unduly divided, showing evenness and good capacity. Skin colour black grey and softly textured.
  • TEATS: Two of adequate size for ease of milking, well attached and distinct from the udder. Set well apart, pointing slightly forward and down, not outward.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two set wide apart, slightly to the fore and sides of the scrotum, of good size but not overdeveloped (unless the buck is milking).
  • TESTICLES: Scrotum well attached, relatively even and not unduly divided or pendulous.
  • COAT and SKIN: Coat, short, fine and glossy. May have a fine grey undercoat. Bucks may have a longer coat but fine and glossy. All external skin is to be black, blue or grey and finely textured.
  • COLOUR: Even intense black with no tendency to salt and pepper markings.
  • SIZE (height): Does 32 inches (81cms) Bucks 37 inches (94cms).
  • DIFFERING FROM THE IDEAL (found and recognised): Less than intense black. Horned. Nose with slightly raised bridge. Uneven tassels. Longer fringe along backline and on hindquarters on does.
  • FAULTS: White sparse hairs around the throat &/or tassels, feet, udder, scrotum. Lack of dairy quality. Cow hocks, steeply sloping rump. Weak or dropped pasterns. Roach back or sway back. Ewe necked, short beefy neck. Forequarters winged and unblended. Size substantially differing from ideal. Uneven gait, splayed or poor feet. Low set or short ears. Weak or narrow chest, shallow body. Fleshy, pendulous or uneven udder, pocket in the udder, weak medial suspensory ligament in the udder. Teats small, thin, large, bulbous, ill-defined or unbalanced. Lack of milking capacity. Lack of masculinity in bucks, divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum. Uneven black colour. Short tail or tail carried slightly crooked. Rusty black coat colouring. Spots on barrel smaller than a 10 cent coin.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: White fleck/spots/patches on the body, legs, head or chest. Tan or white Swiss markings (all or part). Pendulous ears. Obviously overshot or undershot jaw (side profile). Wry face. Tan or pink skin. Double teats, double orifices, supernumerary teats, intersex. Cryptorchid (undescended testicles) or monorchid (one testicle only) in bucks. Patches on barrel greater than the size of a 10 cent coin.

Australian Brown Breed Standard

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE (style & quality): Elegant with dairy quality. Fine without tending to weakness. An alert expression and stance, combined with a docile temperament. Does feminine, bucks obviously masculine in appearance.
  • HEAD: (skull, eyes, ears, mouth, nostrils): Head slender and medium length, facial line straight, dished or slightly raised bridge. Eyes full and set well apart. Ears neat to long, erect and pointing slightly forward. Polled or neatly disbudded. Side profile should show no tendency to undershot or overshot jaw.
  • NECK: Blending smoothly into shoulders. Does long and fine, bucks fine and strong, not coarse. With or without tassels.
  • BACKLINE: Back strong, straight and rising to the hips or horizontal.
  • FOREQUARTERS: Withers fine and high, blending smoothly and finely into shoulders. Chest wide and deep in bucks, showing medium width and depth in does.
  • BODY: Long, deep wedge shaped. Well sprung ribs, good abdominal capacity.
  • HINDQUARTERS: Gradual fall from hips to tail, good width between hips, thurls. Rump broad and strong. Pin bones wide and prominent.
  • LEGS (HOOVES): Long, strongly-boned legs, but not coarse or heavy. Front legs straight and parallel from front and side. Hind legs straight and parallel viewed from rear, hocks slightly bent when viewed from side. Pasterns fairly short and strong. Hooves sound and well shaped, dark brown or black horn.
  • UDDER: Back attachment high and broad. Fore attachment carried well forward and blending smoothly into abdomen. Not pendulous or unduly divided. Showing good capacity. Skin brown to soft brown-black, softly textured.
  • TESTICLES: Scrotum well attached, relatively even and not divided or unduly pendulous. Carrying two testes.
  • TEATS: Of adequate size for ease of hand milking, well attached and distinct from the udder. Set well apart, pointing slightly forward and down, not outward. Allowing good milk flow.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two. Set wide apart, slightly to the fore and sides of the scrotum, of good size but not over-developed.
  • SIZE (height): Does 32 inches (83cm). Bucks 37 inches (95cm).
  • COAT: Smooth and short, does may have a light fringe along backline and on legs. Bucks may have a longer coat.
  • COLOUR: Uniform, silver/fawn to chocolate, sparsely scattered white, cream, sandy or dark hair throughout but not detracting from overall brown appearance.
  • DIFFERING FROM THE IDEAL: Excessively raised bridge from nose. Heavy head. Flared nostrils. Horned. Uneven tassels. Rose brown skin on udder. Long or very short pasterns.
  • FAULTS: Steeply sloping or rounded rumps. Cow or sickle hock. Post legged. Roached back. Sway back. Size differing substantially from the ideal. Dropped pasterns. Poor feet. Splay feet. Uneven gait. Weak or narrow chest. Shallow body. Low-set ears. Lack of femininity in does. Lack of masculinity in bucks. Lack of blending in forequarters. Dewlaps. Keel chested. Tan skinned udder. Fleshy, pendulous or unduly divided udder. Uneven udder in adult. Pocket in udder. Teats small, thin bulbous, unbalanced, ill-defined. Lack of dairy quality. Lack of milking capacity. Small spots of other than main body colour. Divided uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum. Loosely attached shoulders and dropped withers. Ewe necked, cobbiness. Spots on barrel smaller than a 10 cent coin.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Obviously overshot or undershot jaw (side profile). Wry face. Double orifices. Double or supernumerary teats. Patches of other than main body colour. Black coat. Grey underbelly. Pendulous ears. Any white swiss markings or facial strip. Undescended testicle(s) or one testicle only. Patches on barrel greater than the size of a 10 cent coin.

Breed Standard for Experimental (Sables)

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE: Attractive dairy type, revealing vigour, femininity in does or masculinity in bucks, with harmonious blending and correlation of parts, showing no tendency to coarseness.
  • HEAD: Head slender, medium length, well balanced on neck, facial line dished or straight, skull broad between the eyes, polled or neatly disbudded. Eyes large and bright amber coloured. Pricked ears, medium size carried well above horizontal, Inside of ears preferably very dark tanned to black in colour. Black or dark coloured nose.
  • MOUTH: well developed muzzle, broad lips, open nostrils.
  • NECK: Blending smoothly into the shoulder, with or without tassels, does long and slender, bucks fine and strong, not coarse.
  • BACKLINE: Strong, straight and horizontal from the withers to hips
  • FOREQUARTERS: Lean, high withers, set well into the shoulders which should blend firmly into the body. Chest wide and deep in bucks, showing medium width and depth in does.
  • BODY: Wedge shaped, long barrel having well sprung ribs and a deep frame extending directly to the udder.
  • HINDQUARTERS: Gradual fall from the hips to tail, good width between hips and thurls. Rump broad and strong, pin bones wide and prominent.
  • LEGS: Straight and strong. Forelegs showing proportionate width to chest, hind legs and hocks well apart. Hocks slightly bent when seen from the side. Pasterns short and strong, hooves sound and well shaped.
  • UDDER: Broad attachment high at the rear and well forward in front, and no pocket. Not pendulous or unduly divided. Level sole, very softly textured. Skin colour near black (ashen)
  • TESTICLES: Scrotum well attached, relatively even and not divided or unduly pendulous. Carrying two testes.
  • TEATS: Of adequate size for ease of milking, well attached and distinct from the udder. Set well apart, pointing slightly forward and down, not outward.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two, set wide apart, slightly to the fore and sides of the scrotum, and being of good size but not overdeveloped.
  • SIZE: Does 81 cm (32 inches). Bucks 94cm (37 inches)
  • COAT: Short and smooth. Bucks may have a longer coat.
  • COLOUR: Coat colour ranging from blue/grey roan to a tan colour coat. Splashing on body and badgering on the face may be present. Both male and females have a dorsal stripe. In bucks the dorsal stripe can run over the withers and down the chest Striping may be present on legs. Tan or darker skin, covering 75% of body,
  • DIFFERING FROM THE IDEAL: Horned. Raised bridge to nose. Uneven tassels. Longer hair along back and down the quarters. White coat with black skin acceptable but not ideal. Tan udder
  • FAULTS: Low set ears. Weak or narrow chest. Roach or sway back. Steeply sloping rump. Cow hocks. Dropped pasterns. Splayed hooves. Poor hooves. Uneven gait. Fleshy pendulous or unduly divided udder. Pocket in udder. Small, thin, large, bulbous, ill-defined or unbalanced teats. Lack of milking capacity. Lack of dairy quality. Shallow body. Size differing substantially from ideal. Lack of masculinity in bucks. Divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Pink skinned udder. Pendulous ears. Wry face. Obviously overshot or undershot jaw (side profile). Double or supernumerary teats. Double orifices. Undescended testicles in bucks, or one testicle only. Intersex.

Nigerian Dwarf

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE: Robust. Dairy type with triple dairy wedge , feminine does, masculine bucks, well blended, no tendency to coarseness, well proportioned.
  • HEAD (skull, eyes, ears, mouth, nostrils): Medium length. Facial line – dished or straight. Ears medium sized & pricked. Well-developed muzzle. Polled or disbudded, eyes large & bright & set well apart, can be either brown/gold or blue with no preference given to either colour, no coarseness.
  • NECK: Blending smoothly into the shoulders with no coarseness, with or without tassels. Does, long and feminine. Bucks, masculine and strong.
  • BACKLINE: Backline strong, straight & horizontal.
  • FOREQUARTERS: Fine withers, blending firmly into shoulders, wide & deep in bucks with medium width & depth in does.
  • BODY (barrel): Triple dairy wedge with good spring of rib (which are backward sloping with clean flat bone) and proportional length to height.
  • HINDQUARTERS: Gradual fall (gentle downward slope) from hips to tail, good width between hips flaring out to thurls, rump level across thurls.
  • LEGS (hooves): Straight, strong, parallel with flat bone, with pasterns short & strong (nearly upright/vertical). Hooves sound & well shaped with good heel depth.
  • UDDER: Broad attachment high at rear and well forward in front (at least as far forward as the front of the hip bones) and no pocket, not pendulous or unduly divided, side well attached to inner thighs, strong medial ligament, soft textured and showing good capacity. Skin tan to black.
  • TEATS: Set in the centre & lowest point of each udder half, to be a reasonable size to enable hand milking or ease of cup placement.
  • TESTICLES: Two testicles in a well attached scrotum which is relatively even (in summer may have the appearance of being pendulous).
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two good size teats set slightly to the fore & side of the scrotum, milking bucks will have doe sized teats.
  • SIZE: Does – maximum 57cm (22.5″), minimum 43cm (17″). Bucks – max 60cm (23.5″), minimum 43cm (17″). Measurement to be taken after reaching 4 years of age.
  • COAT: Soft, hair is short to medium in length.
  • COLOUR: Any colour & pattern. Skin tan to black.
  • DIFFERING FROM IDEAL (found and recognised): Horned. Uneven tassels.
  • FAULTS: Roman nose. Roach or sway back. Dip behind the wither. Shallow body. Narrow chest. Steep rump. Flat rump (no gradual fall from hips to tail). Width decreasing from hips to thurls. Toe in or out. Cow or bow hocked. Dropped, weak or long pasterns. Postiness. Dew claws different sizes. Splayed feet. Fleshy, pendulous or unduly divided udders. Pocket in udder. Undefined medial ligament/flat sole. Pink skin. Teats: different sized teats, bulbous, extremely small/thick, sideways pointing. Bucks: unduly pendulous, divided testicles. Under recommended minimum height.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Wry face. Double or supernumerary teats. Double orifices. Blind teats. Spurs/sprigs on teats. Pendulous ears, La Mancha ears.. Undescended testicles in bucks, or one testicle only. Obviously undershot or overshot jaw (side profile). Over breed standard recommended maximum height or under the breed standard minimum height when measured at 4 years of age (or older) disqualifies animals from registration in Purebred Section.

Nigerian Dward Appendix

20.a) Nigerian Dwarf Doe and Buck progeny of differing Appendix genitors are eligible for registration one (1) grade higher than the lesser Appendix.
b) Nigerian Dwarf Doe and Buck progeny of the same Nigerian Dwarf Appendix genitors are eligible for registration one (1) grade higher than the genitors Appendix.
c) A Buck or a Doe may be registered in Appendix D of the Nigerian Dwarf Section of the Herd Book provided it has a minimum of one parent registered as a Nigerian Dwarf and that application for registration is accompanied by:
i) an inspection certificate signed by an approved Branch inspector stating that its conformation, type and breed colour conform to the Nigerian Dwarf Breed Standards and it is free from disqualifying faults, OR
ii) under special circumstances and subject to the approval of the relevant Branch, two (2) colour photographs, one of each side of the animal.
d) The applicant is a financial member of the Society.
Registration into Purebred Section (P) is not automatic. All animals, male or female, eligible for Purebred Section registration are initially placed in an additional holding Appendix X, pending height verification after reaching 4 years of age. Upon official measurement by a Branch Inspector verifying an animal meets the recommended breed height specification, application can be made to have that animal transferred from Appendix X to Purebred Section (Grade P). Animals are only required to be measured once and this height will be transcribed onto their pedigree as part of the transfer process. Goats not measured and/or not transferred will remain in Appendix X. Goats measured and found to be over height (OH) or under height (UH) will be transferred back to Appendix A with their pedigree amended to include their measure height along with the code OH or UH respectively.

Lamancha

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE: Moderate size dairy type showing no tendency to coarseness. Harmoniously blended showing femininity in does, masculinity in bucks.
  • HEAD (skull, eyes, ears, mouth, nostrils): Head elegant, of medium length. Facial line straight. Polled or disbudded. Eyes set broadly apart, large and bright. Ears are the distinctive feature of the breed, a) over b).a) The “gopher ear” is described as follows: maximum length of one inch (2.5 cm) but preferably nonexistent and with very little or no cartilage. The end of the ear must be turned up or down. This is the only type of ear that will make bucks eligible for registration.b) The “elf ear” is described as follows: maximum length of two inches (5.0 cm) is allowed, the end of the ear must be turned up or turned down and cartilage shaping the small ear is allowed.

    The ear is to be measured with a rigid measure placed firmly against the head at the base of the ear that is neither pulled nor stretched. Natural folds and creases of the ear are to be unaltered during measurement.

    Muzzle well developed without coarseness. Side profile should show no tendency to undershot or overshot jaw.

  • NECK: clean at junction to neck, with or without tassels, blended smoothly into shoulders. Does long and fine, bucks with strength not coarseness.
  • BACKLINE: Strong, straight and horizontal from withers to hips.
  • FOREQUARTERS: withers sloping into shoulders and blending into the body. Chest showing medium width and depth in does, greater capacity in bucks.
  • BODY: wedge shaped deep frame with a good length of barrel with well sprung ribs.
  • HINDQUARTERS: slight slope from hips to tail. Good width between hips. Rump broad with pin bones wide.
  • LEGS: straight, strong and parallel from front and side. Hindlegs straight and parallel when viewed from the rear; hocks slightly bent when viewed from side. Pasterns short and strong. Hooves sound and well-shaped.
  • UDDER: High wide attachment at rear and well forward in front without pocket. Not pendulous or unduly divided. Soft textured and showing good capacity.
  • TEATS: of adequate size for ease of milking, well attached and distinct from the udder. Set well apart, pointing slightly forward and down not outward.
  • TESTICLES: Scrotum well attached, relatively even and not divided or unduly pendulous, carrying 2 testes.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS (bucks): Two, set wide apart slightly to the fore and side of scrotum, of good size but not overdeveloped unless the buck is milking.
  • SIZE: does minimum height (28 in./71 cm) – Mature Bucks Minimum height (30 in./76 cm). Height to be measured at 4 years.
  • COAT: short, fine and glossy. Bucks may have a longer coat.
  • COLOUR: Any colour or combination of colours is acceptable with no preferences.
  • DIFFERING FROM IDEAL: Horned, large scurs, uneven tassels
  • FAULTS/VERY SERIOUS DEFECTS: Roman nose, cow hocks. Dropped pasterns. Roach or sway back. Lack of dairy quality. Uneven gait. Malformed feet. Weak or narrow chest. Shallow body. Steep rump. Fleshy, pendulous or unduly divided udder. Pocket in udder. Teats- small, thin, large, bulbous, ill-defined, unbalanced. Lack of milking capacity. Divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum. Pink skin. Height smaller than 71cms.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Blind teat. Double teat(s). supernumerary teats. double orifice. Evidence of hermaphroditism/intersex. Wry face. Buck with one testicle or with abnormal testicles. Anything other than gopher ears on bucks. Ears other than true LaMancha type on does

LaMancha goats will be tattooed with the tattoo mark and the serial number on the underside of the tail. (To appear in Regulations regarding tattooing)

Lamancha Appendix

19. a) Lamancha bucks are eligible for registration one (1) grade higher than the genitor does Appendix, provided that doe is at least Appendix B.
b) Purebred or Appendix A bucks may be registered in the Lamancha Section of the Herd Book provided that:
i) the application for registration is accompanied by:
i) colour photographs depicting the buck from both sides of body, both sides of the head, teats and ears. The photographs are used to ensure conformation and type conform to the Lamancha breed standard and it is free from disqualifying traits.
ii) a certificate of parentage verification by DNA which includes sire and dam matching
ii) the buck has gopher ears
iii) the applicant is a financial member of the Society.
c) Lamancha does are eligible for registration one (1) grade higher than the genitor does
Appendix.
d) A doe may be registered in Appendix D of the Lamancha Section of the Herd Book
provided that:
i) the application for registration is accompanied by: colour photographs depicting the doe from both sides of body, both sides of the head, teats and ears. The photographs are used to ensure conformation and type conform to the Lamancha breed standard and it is free from disqualifying traits.
ii) one of the does parents is a purebred or Appendix A Lamancha.
iii) the applicant is a financial member of the Society.
There is no restriction on ear length for Appendix D does, only for Appendix C and higher).
Branches are to decide on whether inspection is necessary or if colour photographs would be acceptable as per current Regulation.

Alpine

  • GENERAL APPEARANCE (style & quality): Tall, rangy and graceful, upstanding and alert with presence, having a smoothly blended body exhibiting pronounced triple dairy wedge shape, fine but not inclined to weakness. Does feminine, bucks obviously masculine in appearance.
  • HEAD (skull, eyes, mouth, nostrils): Head long with strong square muzzle, facial line dished or straight, polled or neatly disbudded. Eyes set well apart, full and bright. Ears erect and pointing slightly forward.
  • NECK: Blending smoothly into shoulders, with or without tassels. Does long and fine. Bucks fine and strong, not coarse.
  • BACKLINE: Back strong, straight and horizontal or rising slightly to the hips.
  • FOREQUARTERS: Withers fine and high, blending firmly into shoulders. Chest full between the forelegs, deep in bucks, fairly deep in does.
  • BODY (barrel): Abdomen well rounded, large, deep and wedge shaped. Of proportionate length and depth (to height).
  • HINDQUARTERS: Gradual slope from hips to tail, good width between hips and thurls. Rump long and flat, pin bones wide and prominent.
  • LEGS (hooves): Long, strong oval boned legs but not coarse or heavy, Front legs straight and parallel from front and side. Hind legs straight and parallel viewed from rear, hocks slightly bent when seen from the side, pasterns fairly short and strong. Hooves sound and well- shaped.
  • UDDER: Back attachment high and broad, fore attachment carried well forward and blending smoothly to abdomen, not pendulous or unduly divided, showing good capacity. Skin colour tan to dark brown or grey to black, and softly textured.
  • TESTICLES: Scrotum well attached, relatively even and not divided or unduly pendulous, carrying two testes.
  • TEATS (Two): Of adequate size for ease of milking, well attached and distinct from the udder. Set well apart, pointing slightly forward and down, not outward.
  • RUDIMENTARY TEATS: Two set wide apart slightly to the fore and side of the scrotum, of good size but not overdeveloped, unless the buck is milking.
  • SIZE (height at withers): Does 32 inches (83 centimetres), Bucks 37 inches (95 centimetres).
  • COAT: Short, fine and glossy, may have a fine undercoat. Bucks may have a longer coat.
  • COLOUR: any combination of colours or any pattern form (Toggenburg and solid white colour is a fault).
  • SUPPLEMENTARY DESCRIPTIONS: To assist with identified varieties.MAIN IDENTIFIED VARIETIES
    Cou Blanc: White forequarters, black hindquarters, black / grey markings on head.
    Cou Clair: Cream to tan or grey forequarters, black hindquarters.
    Cou Noir: Black forequarters, white hindquarters.
    Pied: Spotted or mottled.
    Chamoisee: Cream to Brown with black face, dorsal stripe, legs & hooves;sometimes has a black “martingale” over the withers & down to the chest.
    Two-tone Chamoisee Light forequarters with brown or grey hindquarters.
    Sundgau: Black body colour with white swiss markings, may have white to grey under the belly. May also have white splash on side or forehead.
    Broken: The term placed as a prefix to the colour type of any colour being banded, splashed, etc.
  • SKIN COLOUR INCLUDING THE UDDER: Cou Clair, Cou Blanc, Cou Noir, Pied tan to black. Chamoisee tan or dark brown or black. Sundgau dark grey to black.
  • DIFFERING FROM IDEAL(found and recognised): Horned. Nose with slightly raised bridge. Uneven tassels, longer fringe along backline and hindquarters.
  • FAULTS: Cow hocks. Steeply sloping rump. Dropped pasterns. Roach back or sway back. Size differing substantially from ideal. Uneven gait. Poor feet. Splayed feet. Low set or pendulous ears. Weak or narrow chest. Shallow body. Lack of dairy quality. Fleshy, pendulous or unduly divided udder. Pocket in udder. Teats : small, thin, large, bulbous, ill defined or unbalanced. Lack of milking capacity. Lack of masculinity in bucks. Divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum. Toggenburg and solid white colour is undesirable.
  • DISQUALIFICATIONS: Parrot mouth or obviously undershot jaw. Wry face. Udders which are white/pink skinned. Double teats, double orifices. Supernumerary teats. Intersex. Undescended testicles in bucks or one testicle only.

Alpine Appendix

18.a)All animals registered in this section are to come from imported Alpine stock.
b)Imported semen/embryo is to be treated as we would a numbered section animal in Australia unless compelling evidence proves the semen donor/embryo is a cross-bred animal.
c)Alpine Doe and Buck progeny of different Alpine Appendix genitors are eligible for registration one (1) grade higher than the lesser Appendix
d)Alpine Doe and Buck progeny of the same imported Alpine Appendix genitors are eligible for registration one (1) grade higher than the lesser Appendix
e)a buck or doe may be registered in Appendix D of the Alpine Section of the Herd Book provided that it has a minimum of one parent registered as an Alpine or American Alpine/French Alpine, and that the application is accompanied by:
i) an inspection certificate signed by an approved Branch inspector stating that its conformation, colour and type conform to the Alpine Breed Standards and is free from disqualifying faults, OR
ii) under special circumstances and subject to the approval of the relevant Branch, two (2) colour photographs, one of each side of the animal
f) the applicant is a financial member of the Society.