The Golden Guernsey goat is a rare breed which originated on the island of Guernsey on the Channel Islands. They were first brought to Great Britain in 1965 and a sub-breed has evolved known as the British Guernsey. According to the Golden Guernsey Goat Society, "The British Guernsey (BG) is a Golden Guernsey type goat (GG) which is obtained by specific stages of breeding at the end of which the goat will be 7/8ths GG and hence VERY similar to the GG in appearance, BUT which may have some new characteristics provided by the initial non-GG female used to start the breeding."
According to the Golden Guernsey Goat Society, "The origin of the Golden Guernsey is unknown, though research on DNA by the University of Cordoba has concluded that the goat is indigenous to Guernsey." The first documented reference to the Golden Guernsey in its current form dates from 1826 when reference to a "golden goat" was printed in a guide book. In 1965 the Golden Guernsey was exported to Great Britain and the English Golden Guernsey Club, later to become the Golden Guernsey Goat Society, was formed.
Appearance / health:
According to the Golden Guernsey Goat Society, "The British Guernsey should be larger and heavier boned than the Golden Guernsey. The coat may be all shades of gold; neither brown nor white permissible. No Swiss marking on the head. White markings/ blaze or star on head permissible."