A strong head with large soft eyes (without a stare). A strong slightly bent nose with wide nostrils,
strong, well formed mouth with well fitted jaws, a prominent forehead,
bent slightly outward, joining the curve of the nose, to form a roman
nose. If not disbudded, strong horns placed well apart with a gradual
backward curve, round solid horns of moderate length and dark in colour.
Broad smooth ears of medium
length, hanging downwards from the head.
A neck of moderate length, in
proportion to the length of the body, which is well joined with the
A well joined, broad and fleshy
shoulder. A well-developed and broad chest, with a good spring of ribs,
and a deep, broad prominent brisket. The shoulder must be fleshy and in
proportion to the body, well fitted to the withers. The withers must be
broad and as well fitted as possible (not sharp). Front legs of medium
length in proportion to the depth of body.
The ideal is a deep, broad barrel.
The ribs must be well sprung and fleshed, and the loin as well filled as
possible. The goat should have a broad, fairly straight back and must not
be pinched behind the shoulders.
The Boer goat must have a broad
and long rump, not sloping too much, well fleshed buttocks, which are not
too flat, with broad and fully fleshed thighs. Hind legs should be strong
and by no means bent either in or outwardly. The tail must be straight
where it grows out of the dock.
Strong legs and well placed, strong
pastern joints with well-formed hoofs, as dark as possible in colour.
Females- well developed udder,
with well-developed teats. Males- two moderately big, well-developed and
healthy testes in one scrotum. The scrotums must not be split more than 2
inches. Both sexes, two teats are preferable but more are acceptable.
A white goat with a red head and blaze, is the ideal
colour. The following variations are also acceptable for show purposes.
A red head without a blaze or patch in
the front of the head. A red patch of at least 4 inches in diameter on the
head or check is necessary. The red may vary from a pale red to reddish
brown but black, yellow or grey or a mixture are not permissible.
Colour is permissible on the neck and
forequarter, limited to the shoulder blades and not lower down on the
shoulder than level to where the forearm joins the chest.
BARREL AND HIND
These must be white and only one red patch of
maximum 16 square inches, measured at three months of age, is permissible
on the back or croup (top line).
One patch not exceeding 64
square inches, or loose patches together not exceeding 64 square inches,
at three months of age, are permissible on the belly and sexual organs.
Patches under the tail of does may only stretch downwards and not onto
the body parts. Patches on the belly may not merge with those on the
The term "Legs" indicates the parts
below an imaginary line from the chest and underline. Patches in the legs
must be separated from those on the belly and forequarters. Colour is
limited to red patches on the legs and feet, altogether or separately not
exceeding 16 square inches.
A red tail is permissible but the
colour may not continue further than 1 inch from the tail onwards.
RED HAIR IN COAT
A limited number of red hairs on the body are
permissible. Fewer red hairs may be allowed on young animals than older
A commercial (C) goat is a Boer goat, which does not
comply with all the show quality standards given above.