are commonly referred to as the Holstein of the goat world.
can supply the dairy needs of a family, a couple of Angora goats can keep handspinners busy year-round and a herd of Kikos can be raised on the range like pint-sized beef cattle.
Alpines, Oberhaslis, Saanens
, and Toggenburgs all originated in the Swiss Alps and are therefore referred to as the Swiss, or European, breeds.
My children and I prefer the Nigerians for many reasons and I know folks who would not trade their Nubians, Alpines, Saanens
, Toggenburgs and La Manchas for anything.
, Alpines and Oberhasli are some of the more popular dairy goats.
Sables are the same as Saanens
in every way, except that they are colored and may not be white.
I was looking to buy another goat when someone gave me this man's number who had Saanens
Toggenburgs and Saanens
came originally from the Swiss Alps and French Alpine from nearby French Alps.
Sherman, DVM, MS, mentions the fact that in England mammary gland development is seen in bucks from high producing lines of British Saanens
and that the phenomenon is usually observed in the summer.
Having grown up in Germany, I was familiar with goats from the story of Heidi, and I somehow expected every goat to look like Heidi's goats: erect ears, heavy milk producers, uniformly white or brown (which now I know had to be Saanens
Full-size breeds of dairy goats include the Saanen
, LaMancha, Toggenburg, Alpine, Nubian, and Oberhasli.
For example, a friend of mine once bought a Saanen
, a docile, pure-white breed.