Other common names: Swiss Alpine Goat
The Oberhasli Goat is a dairy goat breed from the Oberhasli district in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Oberhaslis are similar in size and coloration to the Alpine Goat. Like the Alpines, Oberhasli are a standardized color breed, with warm reddish brown accented with a black dorsal stripe, legs, belly, and face. Occasionally a black Oberhasli appears as a result of recessive genes.
Oberhasli Goats were first imported into the United States in 1906, but it was only in the 1930's that pure Oberhasli started to be bred. Due to its smallish size and sleek color, the Oberhasli is gaining popularity as a dairy and show animal.
Appearance / health:
The Oberhasli is a small to medium sized goat with a strong body, straight face, and perky, low-set forward-pointing ears. The shorthaired skin is chamois (reddish brown) in color with distinctive black shades and markings on the forehead, muzzle, belly, udder, legs below the knees, inside the ears, whiskers, spine, along the shoulders, and on the lower chest. Does have less or lighter colorations than bucks. An all-black recessive strain of Oberhasli is also seen but discouraged.
Goats are sensitive animals that can suffer from various infectious and chronic diseases that are sometimes undetected until too late. Vaccinations, as well as de-worming and de-lousing applications must be conducted as needed. Milking goats should be checked regularly using prescribed mastitis tests for udder health. Milking areas should always be clean and the goat’s teats treated with teat dip after milking to prevent mastitis.
Goats must be inspected frequently to detect any signs of poor health, infections, or other ailments. Signs include cloudy or teary eyes, dull or fluffed up coat, droopy tail, hunched back, or poor appetite. A veterinarian should always be on call to address health concerns.
Behavior / temperament:
Goats are inherently curious, active, intelligent, and social. They are known to have the ability to overcome enclosures by unraveling the gate, climbing over the mesh, or pushing and ramming the fence down. Goats have good coordination and balance and can manage to climb low trees, ledges, and overhangs. Their curiosity leads them to constantly investigate items with their mouths; most items get chewed and swallowed. With a little patience, goats can be taught to carry or pull loads, respond to calls, and lead a herd. As social animals, they easily get along with other farm animals.
Aside from being an excellent dairy goat, the Oberhasli is favored for being hardy, social, active and energetic.
Housing / diet:
As herd animals, goats are best kept in pairs or groups. As grazers, they require an outdoor habitat that is securely fenced to prevent escape or foraging in restricted areas. The area should be large enough to allow the goat to roam. The recommended habitat per goat is 200 sq. ft. of yard or pasture plus a sheltered or indoor area of about 15 sq. ft. The sheltered area should be adequately built to keep the goats safe from rain and strong winds.
Keeping goats inside the house is not recommended because of the pet’s tendency to gnaw and chew on furniture and furnishings. Goats are also not known to adhere to toilet training.
The ideal food for domesticated goats is alfalfa hay and grass hay. This should be available daily in quantities of at least 3% of the goat’s body weight. Small quantities of feed grain and concentrates (often protein-enriched) like goat show or goat grain can also be given to add nutrition. Supplements are often used to address deficiencies inherent to local habitats.
Clean water is essential to a goat’s daily diet. It should always be available and provided where it cannot be soiled. Dirty and moldy water is hazardous to the goat’s health. Milking goats should be kept away from aromatic or strong-tasting foliage like garlic, onions, mint, and cabbage, which could taint the flavor of the milk.
quiet breed, lovely deep mahogany, wonderful cheese, Oberhasli milk, high milk production, highest price
predator control, occasional birthing difficulties, excellent fencing, odor
sociable creature, favorite faces, proper hoof care, relish spiny plants
A funny goat!
A goat is not the average pet, but It can be very unique to own a goat!
Maybe I was lucky, but this goat my family got back in 2000 was so social! She loved to cuddle and be around people, but also selfgoing too!
Maybe people don't think much about it, but goats are extremely funny animals! They act very funny and make hilarious sounds. A goat will definately give you many laughs as a pet!
This goat has short hair so it stays clean easily. No need for washing much or grooming!
The main thing for a goat is that it needs it space. It's not hard to make a yarn for a goat. They are quite sustained as well. The best is if you have a big backyard with a lot of green stuff.
This goat lived in the backyard for many years and she really enjoyed it. She went around all day eating grass and leaves from the trees. (Goats pick the best).
A big bonus is that you can use the milk from your goat and its very healthy! Free ecological milk :) can be used just as regular milk, for coffee, panncakes etc.
Overall, a great pet if you have the space for it!.
From mariavu Jun 5 2015 5:48AM
Oberhasli goats - Great breed and excellent milk producers
We got 7 medium and large sized apline goats with my family back in April and we are really satisfied with them.
Their milk is very delicious and full of taste, and they usually produce from 1-2,5 lt of milk/day (sometimes they can produce even more).
Also, their meat is very tenderand has less fat comparing to some saanen goats we had in the past. A medium sized gave us about 15 kg of meat and the large ones can give about 22-25 kg.
The only problem we have, that may be a pain in the ass with every goat, is that they can climb the fence if they want to reach a tree to eat from and destroy both the fence and the tree!
Especially in the winter, when the temperature is lower you must make sure that they stay at a warm place especially if you have any newbornsbecause they are quite sensitive to cold.
In general, they are very friendly goats and a great choice to breed..
From Vasilcero Jan 3 2016 8:58AM