APPEARANCE & TYPE
In the Doe
there is strong emphasis on femininity; in the Buck one of masculinity.
The general appearance is a goat with a fine head, round horns bent backwards;
a loose, supple and pleated skin (especially in bucks) with different body
parts well fleshed in balance.
The doe should appear feminine, wedging slightly to the front.
The buck should appear heavier in the head, neck and forequarters.
The Boer goat is an animal with symmetry, as well as a strong and vigorous
A strong head
with large soft brown eyes. A strong slightly curved nose, wide nostrils, strong
well formed mouth with well-fitted jaws. Up to 4 teeth must show a 100% fit. Six
tooth and older may show 6 mm protrusion. Permanent teeth must cut in the
correct place. The forehead must be prominently curved, linking up with the
curve of nose and horns. For animals that are not disbudded, horns should be
strong, of moderate length and placed moderately apart with a gradual backward
curve. Horns have to be as round and solid as possible and coloured darkly. Ears
are to be broad, smooth and hanging downwards from the head.
forehead, horns too straight or flat, pointed jaw, stiff protruding ears,
short ears, jaws and blue eyes. Over or under-shot jaw.
A neck in
proportion to the length of the body, full and well fleshed and well joined
with the forequarter. The breastbone should be broad with a deep broad
brisket. The shoulder should be fleshy, in proportion to the body and be well
fitted to, the withers. The withers should be broad and well filled. The front
legs should be in proportion to the depth of the body. The legs should be
strong and well placed, with strong pastern joints and well-formed, dark
The ideal is
a long, deep broad barrel. The ribs must be well sprung and fleshed, with a
long loin. The goat should have a broad back and reasonably level topline.
Sway or saddle
back or pinched behind the shoulder.
The Boer Goat
should have a broad and long rump, with a slight slope, well muscled buttocks
and thighs. The tail must be straight where it grows out of the dock and may
swing to either side.
Steep or short
rump; wry tail or flat buttocks.
should be strong and well placed. Too fleshy legs are undesirable. Strong legs
imply hardiness and a strong constitution, which are absolutely essential
characteristics of the Boer Goat.
bandy legs, thin legs. Weak pasterns and hoofs pointing outwards or inwards.
supple skin with sufficient chest and neck folds, especially in the case of
bucks. Eyelids and hairless parts should have a minimum of 75% pigmentation.
Short glossy hair(except during winter months).
udder firmly attached with no more than two functional teats per side. One
teat on each side or two teats per side; well separated is desirable.
Fish or cluster
teats; blind teats.
reasonably large, well formed, healthy and equal sized testes in one scrotum.
The scrotum should be at least 25 cm in circumference at one year of age. One
teat or two teats per side is desirable.
Fish or cluster
teats A scrotum with more than A 5 cm split.
coloring for a Traditional Boer Goat (TR) and a Canadian Purebred Boer Goat
(CR) is a white body with reddish brown head.