The Alpine dairy goat is a medium to large size animal, alertly graceful and the only breed with upright ears that offers all colors and combinations of colors giving them distinction and individuality. The hair is medium to short.
The face is straight or slightly dished. A Roman nose, Toggenburg colour and markings are faulted.
Erect ears: all colours and combinations of colours in does.
Minimum Height at Withers and Minimum Weight
Does 30″/76cm. 135lbs./61.36kg.
Bucks 32″/81 cm. 170 lbs./77.27 kg.
*Bucks that are all white in colour
Colour Terms Used for Alpine are often referred to by French names:
the illustration shows a broken Cou Clair – front quarters are tan, saffron, off-white or shading to grey with black hind quarters.
Other colour patterns are:
Broken Chamoisee – a solid chamoisee broken with another colour by being banded or splashed, etc.
Chamoisee – brown or bay: characteristic markings are black face, dorsal stripe, feet and hind legs and sometimes a martingale running over the withers and down to the chest.
Cou Blanc – white front quarters and black hindquarters with black or grey markings on the head.
Pied – spotted or mottled
Sungau – black with white markings such as under body, facial stripes, etc.
Two-toned Chamoisee – light front quarters with brown or grey hindquarters. This is not Cou Clair or Cou Blanc as these terms are reserved for animals with black hindquarters.
ANY VARIATION IN THE ABOVE PATTERNS BROKEN WITH WHITE SHOULD BE DESCRIBED AS A BROKEN PATTERN SUCH AS “BROKEN COU BLANC”