Bred animal myself
By Good Goats
Oklahoma, United States
Posted Feb 12, 2014
If you are simply looking for a healthy, hardy goat that will fill your milk pail - go with a Swiss/Nubian crossbreed - either an Alpine/Nubian (which we call Nupines) or Saanen/Nubian (we call them Snubians).
The first Nupine I got was a 4 year old doe named Lizzie (the goat in the picture). She was currently milking when I got her, but was as wild as they come. I would dodge trees and fence posts to catch her and drag her into the milking parlor. After a little while, she calmed down and would come in for milking without any hassle. I have now owned Lizzie for 6 years and she is the herd queen, is a complete lover and is not one bit shy of people at all. Any person that walks in the goat pen is sure to get a head rub by Lizzie sooner or later.
With the crossbred vigor, they are very easy to keep, and will typically milk your purebred does out of house and home. Because of the Nubians being long eared and the Alpines being up eared, the crossbred goats have funny short little ears - but I think that makes them kinda cute.
Crossbred dairy goats are called Experimentals. If the parents are registered, they can be registered as Experimentals with the ADGA and can even be shown in the regular shows like the Purebreds.