The British Toggenburg

Main features of the British Toggenburg

Guidelines to the Breed standards

The Breed's Development

Top Ten  B.T. Milk Recording from 1996 to date

B.T. in Milking Trials from 1995 to date

Main features of  the British Toggenburg

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RM225 Dresden Duchesnay Q*9 BrCh

The British Toggenburg has acceptable variations in type and colour. These points are made by referring to the Breed Standards, the gallery of photographs and the photographs on this page.

The females must carry white Swiss markings on the head, legs and around the tail and rear. The body colour varies through different shades of  fawn and brown (to a chocolate colour). Reference to the historical development of the breed gives the reasons for this.

All females should have dairy quality.

Conformation of BT's is generally sound and they have excellent longevity. A feature of many BT's is their excellent udder development (see pictures above).

Study of the data on this site (Milk Recording and Shows) indicates that BT's produce milk of good quality and quantity with a good length of lactation. Temperament is generally very good and they are easily managed. They are efficient feed converters and thrive on bulk fibre feeding regimes.

Males are larger than the females, and again vary in type and colour (see below)

The British Toggenburg Society attempted for many years to identify the best males by keeping records of their milking daughters, and circulating this information to its members.

Adult males usually have longer and coarser coats than the female. Markings are similar, but the facial stripes can become less distinct as they get older. They should  be sound with good width across the front and rear, have good feet and legs, standing four square.

These points are shown below.

Ch. Maybourne Tim

Ch. Byzantine Democrat

Guidelines to the Breed Standards

General points that describe the conformation of a dairy goat (Swiss type) - taken from the British Goat Society Breeds booklet. 

  The most important consideration in the female is dairy quality. 

  The head should be neat and fine, with jaws meeting evenly. The eyes should be full, bright and alert.

  The neck should be long and slender, blending neatly into the shoulders, which should be fine and not coarse or lumpy. 

  The chest should be deep and full. Feet should be sound and not misshapen, with pasterns strong. 

  Front legs should be straight, with a good width between them.

  Rear hocks should be wide apart when viewed from the rear - especially when walking. From the side the rear legs should not be neither too straight  nor too curved.

  The back should be straight from shoulders to hips, with a slight slope from  hips to tail. 

  The ribs should be well sprung and the whole body should be wedge shaped when viewed from the side or looking along the goat's back.

  The goat's skin should be supple with fine, short and soft hair.

  The udder should be wide and deep, firmly attached to the body over a wide area at both the rear and at the front. Teats should be well defined from the udder, a comfortable size for hand milking, slightly tapering and pointing downwards.

Specific points (as defined in the British Goat Society Breeds booklet) apply to the British Toggenburg, in addition to the above:

  Head:  Facial line straight or slightly dished. With or without tassels.

  Body: Larger than the Toggenburg.

  Skin: Fine and supple.

  Coat:  Medium brown preferred, but darker and lighter colours acceptable. 

  Swiss markings. White hairs elsewhere unacceptable. Hair fine and short but slight fringes permissible.

  Male coat: May be longer than on females especially on face, shoulders and hind legs.

Departures from General or Specific points in the Breed Standards are penalised by judges according to degree, and slight variations are permissible.