MINIATURE BOER BREED STANDARDS
The Miniature Boer Goat is being developed using goats with Boer, Kalahari, Savannah, Australian Red and Australian Miniature Goat and Pygmy genetics.
The object is to develop a breed with the same good structure, confirmation and characteristics of the Australian bred Boer Goat in a miniature version which are more suited to small property and pet owners.
The Miniature Boer Goat is predominantly white with either small or large coloured markings on the body, which can be patches or spots or combination of both.
The ideal Miniature Boer Goat is an animal of quality
showing balance and symmetry and a strong vigorous appearance.
The Doe must be feminine, the body wedging slightly to the front.
The Buck must demonstrate masculinity and strength and is heavier in the head, neck and rump.
A strong broad head, showing character and a quiet disposition.
Large almond shaped eyes.
A curved Roman nose with flared and wide nostrils, the tip
of the nose to be in line with the lower lip and chin.
A strong curved lower jaw rising to meet the upper jaw.
A prominent curved forehead, linking up with the curve of the nose and horns.
Horns should be strong, round, solid and show good colour, be of moderate length and placed moderately apart with a gradual backward sloping curve.
Disbudding is permissible in the Miniature Boers.
Ears should be of good length, broad and smooth, set in line with the eye and must hang downwards from the head.
Concave forehead, straight, flat or upright horns, pointed jaw, ears folded lengthwise, stiff protruding ears or excessively short ears, overshot or undershot jaw.
NECK AND FOREQUARTERS
A neck of moderate length in proportion to the length of the body.
In Does the neck should come out and deep from the chest, blending smoothly with the shoulders, be wide in its attachment and rising gracefully to the throat latch, showing refinement in the female.
In Bucks the neck should be thicker and show skin folds as a sign of masculinity.
The chest should be broad with a deep brisket.
The shoulder should be well muscled in proportion to the body, and be well fitted to the wither.
The wither should also be broad and well fitted (not sharp).
Very long, thin or short necks in proportion to the body or shoulders too loose.
The barrel should be long, broad and deep.
The ribs must be well sprung and fleshed, the loins well muscled, the goat should have a broad fairly straight back and must not be pinched behind the shoulders, a small dip behind the shoulder is acceptable.
Concave back, slab sided, cylindrical or pinched behind the shoulder.
The pelvis must be large, broad and with good length, from pin to hip.
Well muscled through the rump and inner thighs with length
through the stitch, particularly in bucks.
The rump should be slightly sloped.
The tail should be straight at the dock and be able to move freely.
Narrow hips, rump that slopes too much or too short from hip to pin, poor muscling particularly in the bucks, short stitch / poor inner thigh development, and a wry tail.
The legs should be of medium length and in proportion to the
depth of the body.
The upper leg should be long in proportion to the cannon bone and well muscled.
The legs should be strong and well placed, with strong well formed pasterns and coloured hooves.
Leg bone should be wide and flat.
Knock knees, bandy legs, cow or sickle hocks, post legged, thin or fleshy legs, weak pasterns and hooves pointed outwards or inwards, or lacking good pigmentation colour.
SKIN AND COVERING
A loose supple skin is essential.
Eyelids and hairless parts must be pigmented.
Pigmentation may range from light tan through to dark.
Hair should be short, dense and glossy, a limited amount of cashmere will be allowable with a winter coat.
Hair too long, coarse or sparse, fine and open.
ORGANS – DOES
Well formed udder firmly attached with no more than 2 separate teats on either side.
Any teat variation of more than 2 separate teats per side, calabash/bottle teats or pendulous udder.
ORGANS – BUCKS
Two reasonably large, well formed, healthy and of equal size testes in one scrotum. The scrotum must not have a split larger than 2cm.
Small testes, undescended, single or divided testes, monorchid or cryptorchid. Split teats.
A Doe must have kidded or be joined by the age of 2 years.
Adult Does: Under 65cm
Adult Bucks: Under 70cm
Traditional Boer Colouring
• The Miniature Boer Goat is a goat with either small or large coloured markings on the body, these can be patches or spots or a combination of both.
• Colours on the body can be cream, light tan, rich brown, deep red or black with a pigmented coloured head and ears, with either a white blaze, star or with a full solid head colouring.
• Uniform shading between light and dark is permissible.
• Pigmented colouring beyond the front point of the shoulder blade, down either front or back legs and or over rump and down the hind quarters is desirable.
• Barrel, hindquarters and belly – any number or single patch is permissible.
• Tail – the tail may be coloured pigmented.
• Very few red hairs in the white of the coat is permissible from the age of 2 years.
• The major part of the body preferably white, a pigmented skin on the hairless parts i.e. under the tail, round the eyelids and mouth etc. is desirable because it offers resistance to sunburn which may result in skin cancer.
• A pigmented skin is also more resistant to other skin diseases and a loose supple skin is for adaptability to climatic conditions.