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Oberhasli Goat

Classification
  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Bovidae
  • Genus: Capra
  • Species: aegagrus hircus
Fun Fact

It is also known as the Oberhasli Brienzer or the Swiss Alpine goat.

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About Oberhasli Goats

This breed of goat was introduced to the United States in the early 1900's. They are prized for their milk production and gentle temperament. They were originally known as the Swiss Alpine goat until the 1970’s when it officially became the Oberhasli. They are relatively rare in the United States still. Despite being prized dairy goats, often they are used as pack animals and are said to be less fearful of trail obstacles, such as water, than other goat breeds.

They are a standardized color breed usually with a warm reddish brown accented with black markings. This color pattern is known as chamoisse. Occasionally, females will come in a black coat coloration. Males range in height from 30–34 inches and females range in height from 28–32 inches. They generally weigh between 100-150 pounds.

Oberhasli Goats in the Wild

Habitat

This is a domestic goat that is used for dairy and was developed in mountainous terrain.

Location

The breed originated in Bern, Freiburg, Glarus, and Graubunden in Switzerland.

Diet

This goat is an herbivore and feeds on a variety of grasses and other vegetation.

Population Status

Domesticated.  The breed is recovering after being crossed with other similar looking Alpine goats.

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