The Alpine Goat – Milk
The French-Alpine Goat is a breed of goat that originated in the Alpine regions of France. Alpine goats were brought to the United States from France in the 1860’s. They were chosen for their consistent uniformity and size which was more suitable than the goats taken from Switzerland.
Mature females should be less than 30 inches at the withers and should weigh no less than 135 pounds.
Healthy males should stand from 34 to 40 inches at the withers and should weigh no less than 170 pounds. French-Alpine females are excellent milkers and usually have large, well-shaped udders with well-placed teats of a desirable shape.
The Alpine Goat is a hardy, adaptable animal that thrives in most climates while maintaining good health and excellent production.
Alpine Color and Appearance:
Being milk goats, size and yield have a greater emphasis in breeding over the color of the French-Alpine Goat. Because of this no distinct color has been officially attributed to the French-Alpine and they vary greatly in color. Colors range from pure white right through to shades of grey, fawn, brown, black, red, beige or combinations of these colors. A description of colors can be found below. Male and Female goats are short haired, but bucks (male) usually have a row of long hairs along the spine. Males have a pronounced beard whilst females have shorter facial hair.
White Neck – white front quarters and black hindquarters with black or gray markings on the head. local pronunciation: Cou Blanc
Clear Neck – front quarters are tan, saffron, off-white, or shading to gray with black hindquarters. local pronunciation: Cou Clair
Black Neck – Black front quarters and white hindquarters. local pronunciation: Cou Noir
Sundgau – black with white markings such as underbody, facial stripes, etc.
Pied – spotted or mottled.
Chamoisee – brown or beige – characteristic markings are black face, dorsal stripe, feet and legs and sometimes a martingale running over the withers and down to the chest. Spelling for male is chamoise.
Two-tone Chamoisee – light front quarters with brown or grey hindquarters. This is not a cou blanc or cou clair as these terms are reserved for animals with black hindquarters.
Broken Chamoisee – a solid chamoisee broken with another color by being banded or splashed, etc.
Irregular patterns: described as broken cou blanc.
Origin of the Alpine Goat – French Alpine Region