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These gentle Swiss goats are one of the oldest known dairy goat breeds. Their gentle, calm and friendly nature make them quite a popular pet.
They are quite a rare breed to find these days with not a lot of breeding pairs left.
These vigorous, sturdy and curious goats make an excellent addition to any goat herd. They are also a great goat for a first-time goat owner.
Toggenburg Goat Quick Profile Overview
|The Toggenburg is the oldest dairy breed of goat|
|Country of Origin:||Switzerland|
|Other Names:||Toggenburger, Chevre du Toggenbourg, Capris Del Toggenburg or Toggenburger Ziege|
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|Main Purpose:||Milk production|
|Can be used for||Breeding, Milk, Pets, Show, Skin|
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|Temperament:||They are calm and sturdy. They can be quiet but are very friendly and easy to keep|
|Good with Kids?||They are quite big, so children should be supervised around them|
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|Ideal Environment:||They need quite a lot of space with a lot of fresh pastures.||Ideal Climate:||They are quite hardy|
Not Listed by the *ALC
Status/ Rarity: They are quite common
|Health Issues?||They do not have many known health issues|
|Good Starter Goat?||They do make a great starter goat as they are really easy to maintain|
|Goat Associations:||American Dairy Goat Association|
|Goat Clubs:||National Toggenburg Club|
|Note: *ALC stands for American Livestock Conservancy|
|These goats have lovely colored coats, their legs are not very long, and their bodies are fuller than most other breeds. They are sweet and as they are quiet can come across as a bit shy, but they are actually very friendly and inquisitive.
The does a little lighter and smaller than the bucks and do not usually have beards.
The buck is larger and bulkier than the doe. He has a beard and quite often has wattles
|Color(s):||Dark Chocolate or a light fawn color
Both the doe and the buck exhibit the same color combinations
|Breed Weight:||121 lbs.||165 lbs.|
|Breed Height:||75 cm at withers||85 cm at withers|
|Hair:||Short, soft and glossy. It can grow to a medium length in the colder months||Short, soft and glossy. It can grow to a medium length in the colder months|
|Ears:||Erect and the same color as their coat or white||Erect and the same color as their coat or white|
|Horns:||They are usually disbudded at 3 weeks||They are usually disbudded at 3 weeks|
|Matures at age:||5 to 15 months||3 to 15 months|
|Puberty Age:||4 to 10 months||4 to 9 months|
|Breeding Age:||18 months||1 year|
|Breeding Traits:||1 Breeding cycle||Cover 20 to 30 does in 1 season|
DOE BREEDING & MILKING INFORMATION
|They have a normal yearly breeding cycle.|
|Breeding Period/cycle:||Usually lasts 12 to 36 hours
Ave. 21 days/18 to 24 days
|Gestation Period:||Their gestation period is 150 days|
|Kids:||Twins are the most common, but they can birth 1 to 4 in a litter|
|Good Mothers?||They make good mothers and will nurse their kid(s) to wean age|
|Lactation Period:||284 days|
|Milk Quality:||The milk is not very high in butterfat but is of good quality and taste. Their milk is the best at around 4 weeks after giving birth|
|Milking Level:||They are bred as a dairy goat and as such are not that hard to milk.|
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GOOD TO KNOW
|Some information about the Toggenburg Goat that is good to know|
|Where to buy them:||Poplar Hill Farm, The Redwood Hill Farm or check with the various associations and or clubs listed on this page to find up to date breeders information.|
|Agility:||They are really agile and do love to climb or escape to greener pastures.|
|Interact with other animals:||As social animals, they will get along with any livestock or domestic animal that does not pose a threat to them. Billy goats do love to fight and lock horns.|
The National Toggenburg Club is the oldest breed club in America.
The Toggenburg goat is an exceptional mother. She will stand still to let her kids nurse, she sniffs and nuzzles them which is like cuddling them.
She will even gather food for them when she gathers food for herself.
Another amazing fact about this mother is that she will let humans carry her babies right after birth without making a fuss or abandoning them.
As a dairy goat, they have to consume more than 5% of their body weight in food every day. They are one goat that is really easy to milk as they will stand still to be milked. This makes them an excellent goat for the novice goat milker.
They are not bred for their skin although most goats, especially those under a year have a fine quality leather
They are not bred as meat goats. But they have been known to be cross-bred with meat goats such as Boer goats in order to increase their maturation and meat quality.
The Toggenburg is one of the original domestic dairy goat breeds. It originates from the Werdenberg and Toggenburg regions of the Canton of St Gallen.
The Toggenburg Goat herd-book was started in 1890 and since there have been breed clubs and associations intent on preserving the breed and bring breeders together. This is to ensure the continuation of the breed.
In Switzerland, the breed was originally recognized as a breed in 1892 and they were one of the first imported goat breeds in the United Kingdom. They were first imported to England in 1884 where the breed underwent breeding programs to create the British Toggenburg which have an improved milk quality and tend to be heavier than the original Toggenburg goats.
The Toggenburg goats were also amongst the first purebred goats to be imported to the United States. They were first imported to the United States in 1893.
- American Goat Society(AGS)
- American Goat Federation (AGF)
- American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA)
- American Cashmere Goat Association (ACGA)
- Canadian Meat Goat Association (CMGA)
- Canadian Goat Society (CGS)
- Animal Shelter (ASPCA)
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American Poultry Association
- American Animal Welfare Society
- American Animal Control
- American Animal Husbandry Society