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Saanen goats originated in Switzerland and were first imported into Britain at the end of the nineteenth century. These early importations were crossed with British breeds and a new type was developed called the British Saanen. These latter differ from the original breed mainly in size – both sexes averaging ten kilograms heavier than the Swiss type.
Saanen goats are best known for their potentially enormous milk yield; they are also extremely docile and easy to handle.
The Saanen in New Zealand is medium to large, of attractive dairy type, alert and revealing vigour. The coat colour is white or cream. Ears should be erect and alertly carried, preferably pointed forward. They are the predominant breed in New Zealand. (See also » Sable Goats, which have been developed from Saanens.)
By the middle of the year 2002, 30 646 Saanens had been registered with the New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Association, representing 59.89% of registered dairy goats.The Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand thanks the » New Zealand Dairy Goat Breeders Association for assistance with the preparation of this page.
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