Goats (Capra aegagrus hircus), along with sheep, have been domesticated for thousands of years. Goat fossils have been found at archaeological sites in western Asia dating the domestic use of goats as far back as 7000BC
Unlike sheep, their ancestry is fairly clear. Modern goats have originally evolved from the Bezoar Goat which is found in the mountains of Asia and across the Middle East and India.
Unlike sheep, Tamed goats are the only domesticated animals that have the ability to revert back to being feral should they be released back into the wild.
Selective breeding of goats generally focuses on improving qualities such as; fiber, meat, dairy products and hide. Breeds are generally classified based on their determined use. There are several breeds which are considered multi-purpose goats.
<< A list of some of the more common breeds of goats can be found to the left.
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