Breed Standard

The Guernsey dairy goat was developed using genetics from the rare Golden Guernsey Goats, an official dairy breed registered with the British Goat Society.

The Guernsey dairy goat is medium in size. The ears are erect and often set slightly lower than Swiss breeds and carried horizontally, or forward in what is termed the “bonnet” position when viewed in profile. Ear tips can be slightly upturned. The ears must not be pendulous. The nose should be either straight or dished.

The Guernsey coat/hair color should be shades of gold, ranging from very pale flaxen cream to deep russet or bronze. Full or partial roaning; white patches; white face; star/blaze are acceptable. The golden body color should be dominant, with no preference shown to any shade or pattern. Hair may be short or long and flowing or a combination of both. A long curtain, skirt, and/or dorsal fringe of body hair are desirable, although not required to meet standard.

Skin color must display a gold tone, ranging from peachy- flesh to orange-gold in one or more of these places; muzzle, ears, eyes, under tail, mammary or scrotum. Swiss facial stripes and/or rump marking; black markings or spots over 1-1/2 inches are not allowed.


Mature does less than
Minimum height (26 in / 66 cm) Minimum weight (120 lbs / 54.54 kg)
Mature bucks less than
Minimum height (28 in / 71 cm) Minimum weight (150 lbs / 68.18 kg)

MODERATE TO SERIOUS: (depending upon degree)
Roman nose

Black hairs in the coat
Dominantly white coat on mature does.
No gold tone to skin found on muzzle, ears, eyes, under tail, mammary or

No gold tone to skin
Swiss facial stripes and/or rump marking (as on Toggenburg or Oberhasli
Black markings or spots in the hair over 1-1/2 (3.8 cm) in any direction
Pendulous ears
LaMancha type ears
All white coat on mature does
All white or dominantly white coat on bucks

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