British Boer Goats Breed Standard
The following breed standard is for show quality (S) British Boer Goats
(A new in depth breed standards booklet is currently under construction and this section will be updated as soon as it is available.)
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 forequarter.
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. The minimum requirement for a show animal is a red patch of at least 10cm in diameter on both sides of the head, ears excluded, both ears should have at least 75% red colouring. 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, hind quarters and belly
These must be white and only one red patch not exceeding 10cm in diameter, measured at three months of age, is permissible.
The tail may be red but the red colour may NOT continue onto the body for more than 2.5cm. 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 forequarters.
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, not exceeding 5cm in diameter is permissible.
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 ones.
A commercial (C) goat is a Boer goat, which does not comply with all the show quality standards given above.