Known for their excellent dairy production, Alpine goats are known to be agricultural favorites because their milk can be made into ice cream, butter, soap, cheese and any other dairy product usually made from cow’s milk. Alpine goat breeds are also commonly used for commercial dairy production and as homestead milk goats.
The Alpine goat breed originated in the French Alps. Mature female Alpine goats are about 76cm tall at the shoulder and weigh around 61 kg. The colour of Alpine goats can range from black and brown to gray or white.
Today, there are several known subtypes of Alpine goats that have emerged, namely:American Alpines: This is considered as an animal with other genetic influences after being introduced to the United States. American Alpines have the temperament and physical attributes as French Alpines, but may have less standard conformation characteristic or markings (dorsal stripe) due to crossbreeding.
American Alpines: This is considered as an animal with other genetic influences after being introduced to the United States. American Alpines have the temperament and physical attributes as French Alpines, but may have less standard conformation characteristic or markings (dorsal stripe) due to crossbreeding.
Swiss Alpines: This breed originated from the Brienzer region of Switzerland. Also known as the Oberhasli goat, the general color of this animal is warm red to brown, with the back, face, belly and muzzle black in color.
British Alpines: This is a result of a crossbreeding between Grison goats and French Alpines. They are generally white and black and are popular for goat shows and its impressive milk production.
Purebred (French) Alpines: known to be the original type that originated from the French Alps
Rock Alpines: According to research, these goats are the result of crossbreeding and was brought into existence by Mary E. Rock from California.
The profile and temperament of Alpine goats describe them as alertly graceful with the ability to adapt to any kind of climate, weather or environment thanks to their hardy nature. This quality makes Alpine goat breeds sustainable and easy to care for farm animals to raise, thanks to its hardy and sturdy health. Alpine goats are the only breed of goat with erect ears that comes in a combination of colors.
Aside from being sustainable farm animals with good health and amazing milk output, Alpine goats are also known to be a friendly animal and curious, making them ideal for children or petting zoos. However, when around children, adults should also still supervise these animals with care because they can also be strong-willed and independent at times.