An English goat must be first and
foremost a sound animal with no features
which appear likely to interfere with
its health and productivity.
well attached and
level, elastic, silky, not fleshy.
well spaced, of even
size and pointed slightly forward.
strong and straight, hocks
not turned in.
teeth normal: not overshot or undershot.
sturdy and deep with
well-sprung ribs and strong loins.
Rectangular when viewed from the side
or above. Back level.
neat and tapering to a moderately fine
muzzle. Frontal bone prominent. Facial
profile straight or concave, not convex.
Moderate beard in females, heavy in
Horns, if not disbudded or
naturally polled, rising slightly at
first with an inclination to the rear
then branching outward.
erect nor pendulous but approaching the
horizontal position pointing forward.
fairly short and dense. Sometimes there
is a longer fringe along the back, on
the flanks, and thicker tufts on the
Males: much longer,
particularly on the back, neck, chest
On parting the hair an inner coat of
fine soft wool is seen. This is often
sparse or absent in Spring and Summer.
shades of brown or grey with
characteristic markings, i.e. eel stripe
(dark line along back) and associated
leg, neck and flank markings. These
must be present at least to the
extent of a definite eel stripe, even if
this is incomplete. White patches are
permitted. Swiss type face markings
should preferably be absent or
indistinct, but do not disqualify.
In addition to
the physical conformation and
characteristics, the behaviour of the
English goat is of importance and
interest to its keepers.
It has a
good conversion rate of milk and meat
throughout the year.
It is keen to
eat a wide range of wild and crop food,
i.e. not faddy. It is not put off
foraging by the British climate.
is content with water at ambient
temperatures. It will generally milk
through two years. It is tractable,
docile, but capricious, naturally.