STATUSNot Yet Evaluated
COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Capra aegagrus hircus
DIETVarious grasses, shrubs, herbs, and lichen
RANGENative to the French Alps, but are now globally domesticated
HABITATPlateaus and mountainous grasslands
Alpine goats average 30-40 inches at the withers, or shoulders, and weigh 135-170 lbs. Males often have long hair along their spine and more pronounced beards. Colors can vary considerably and can include white, fawn, gray, black, red, etc. They have tall, slightly curved horns and erect ears.
Predators they may encounter include wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, and other carnivores.
Their live an average of 15-18 years.
After a gestation period of about 155 days, females will give birth to 1-2 kids.
Goats as well as barnyard animals are commonly kept as pets on farms and ranches. It is always best to do your research before moving forward with purchasing any livestock. These animals require different needs from say your dog or cat.
For instance, most livestock animals are herd animals so having one is not an acceptable option. As always, every animal has individual needs that must be met in order to provide the best possible welfare which means you will need a veterinarian that specializes in hoofstock.