List of Goat Breeds

There are various goat breeds available throughout the world. Some of those goat breeds are suitable for meat production, some are popular as dairy goats. Some goats produce high quality skins and some goats are raised for their fiber/mohair production. Some people also prefer raising goats as pets. There are more than 300 goat breeds available throughout the world. This goat breeds are different from one to another by their size, shape, characteristics and production type. Generally goats are raised for milk, meat, skin and hair/mohair production. For specific production purpose, you have to chose specific goat breeds. Not all goats are suitable for all types of production purpose. And in case of commercial goat farming, you must have to chose best breeds for your business. Goat breeds are classified in different groups according to their production.

  • Dairy Goat Breeds: This type of goats are famous for their milk production. Saanen, Toggenburg, Barbari, Jamunapari etc. are highly milk productive goat breeds. Some dairy goats also suitable for meat production.
  • Meat Goat Breeds: This type of goats become highly meat productive. Some goats produce good quality meat. Boer, Mato, Black Bengal etc. are some highly meat productive goat breeds.
  • Kids Productive Goat Breeds: This type of goats produce numerous baby goats per kidding. Black Bengal, Katjang etc. are highly baby productive goat breeds.
  • Skin Productive Goat Breeds: This type of goats produce high quality skin. And their skin is very popular and valuable in the international market. Black Bengal, Maradi etc. are some good quality skin productive goat breeds.

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Breed name, production purpose and origin of some popular goat breeds are listed in the following chart.

Breed Name Purpose Origin
African Pygmy Milk, Meat, Pet Cameroon
Alpine Milk French Alps
Altai Mountain Fiber Altai Republic
Anglo Nubian Milk, Fiber United Kingdom
Angora Fiber Turkey
Appenzell Milk Switzerland
Arapawa Meat, Milk New Zealand
Argentata dell’Etna Milk Italy
Aspromonte Milk, Meat Italy
Barbari Meat India
Beetal Meat, Milk Punjab Region
Bionda dell’Adamello Milk Italy
Black Bengal Meat, Skin, Reproduction Bangladesh
Boer Meat, Reproduction South Africa
British Alpine Milk United Kingdom
Cashmere Cashmere Wool Vary
Chamois Colored Meat, Milk Switzerland
Changthangi Meat, Fiber Tibet
Damascus Milk Syria
Danish Landrace Milk Denmark
Dera Din Panah Milk Pakistan
Don Milk, Skin, Fiber Russia
Dutch Landrace Milk Netherlands
Fainting Meat, Pet United States
Garganica Milk, Skin Italy
Girgentana Milk Italy
Golden Guernsey Milk United Kingdom
Icelandic Meat, Fiber Norway
Irish Meat, Milk Ireland
Jamunapari Milk India
Jakharana Meat, Milk India
Jining Grey Fiber, Skin China
Jonica Milk Italy
Kaghani Meat, Fiber Pakistan
Kamori Milk Pakistan
Kalahari Red Meat South Africa
Khari Meat, Skin Nepal
Kiko Meat New Zealand
Kinder Meat, Milk United States
Kri-Kri Meat Eastern Mediterranean
Kutchi Meat, Milk India
Lamancha Meat, Milk United States
Laoshan Milk China
Maltese Milk Malta
Marwari Meat, Milk India
Mehsana Meat, Milk India
Mini Oberhasli Milk United States
Murcia Granada Milk Spain
Murciana Meat, Milk Spain
Nigerian Dwarf Milk West Africa
Nigora Milk, Fiber United States
Oberhasli Milk Swiss Alps
Orobica Milk Italy
Osmanabadi Meat India
Peacock Milk Switzerland
Pygora Fiber United States
Pygmy Meat, Milk, Pet Cameroon
Rove Meat France
Russian White MIlk Russia
Saanen Milk Switzerland
Sahelian Meat, Milk, Skin West Africa
San Clemente Island San Clemente Island
Sarda Meat, Milk Italy
Sirohi Meat, Milk India
Spanish Meat Spain
Sojat Meat, Milk India
Somali Meat, Milk, Skin Somali
Stiefelgeiss Meat Switzerland
Surti Milk India
Tauernsheck Milk Austria
Thuringian Milk Germany
Toggenburg Milk Switzerland
Valais Blackneck Meat, Milk Switzerland
Verata Meat, Milk Spain
West African Dwarf Meat, Milk West and Central Africa
White Shorthaired Milk Czech Republic
Zalawadi Meat, Milk, Fiber India
Zhongwei Fiber, Skin China


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