Kinder Goat Breeders Association
Breed Standard
The Kinder® is a midsize goat that is well proportioned in body length and legs. Its compact
physique conforms to dairy characteristics despite its somewhat heavy bone and lean, yet
well muscled structure. The Kinder goat is a prolific, productive, alert, animated,
good-natured and gregarious breed.

General Appearance

HEIGHT: 20"- 26" at the withers for does, maximum 28" for bucks. (Does should average
around 115 pounds and bucks around 135).
Moderate faults:
     Overly long in body
Serious faults:
     Overly long or short in the leg

COAT: Short, fine textured.

MARKINGS: Any colors, any markings are acceptable.

HEAD: Strong, clean-cut, balanced, with deep jaw and wide muzzle and nostrils. Straight or
dished face. Ears are long and wide, resting below horizontal. Genetically horned;
disbudding and dehorning recommended. (NOTE: in order to show at sanctioned shows,
animals must be disbudded or dehorned). Large eyes, widely set, bright and animated.
Moderate faults:
     Long muzzle
     Jowls lacking muscle tone
     Pig eyed
Serious faults:
     Narrow, snipey muzzle
     Underdeveloped jowls
     Narrow forehead
     Closely set eyes
     Ears above horizontal
Very serious faults:
     Crooked face
     Slightly misaligned jaw/bite
     Swollen jowls
     Bulbous forehead
     Protruding eyes
Disqualifying faults:
     Under/overshot jaw/bite
     Disfiguring malocclusion
     Blindness or deafness
     Naturally polled

SHOULDER: Muscular, well attached at withers and set smoothly on the chest wall. Point of
shoulder behind brisket extension.
Moderate faults:
     Lacking muscle tone
Serious faults:
     Sharp or steep withers
Very serious faults:
     Open or poorly attached shoulders
     Recessed shoulders

CROPS: Full, well muscled, not fatty.
Moderate faults:
     Lacking in fullness

BACK: Strong, laterally straight, smooth transposition from withers, blending smoothly
at hips into rump.
Moderate faults:
     Poor transition to withers
Very serious faults:
     Swayed or roached

CHINE: Level and straight.
Moderate faults:
     Poor transition to withers

LOIN: Wide, level and having moderate fleshing over short ribs.
Serious faults:
     Lacking width

RUMP: Gradual slope from hips to pins and otherwise wide and level from thurl to thurl. Pin
bones should be moderately wide, set level with the tail head and have moderate fleshing.
Moderate faults:
     Steep or overly short or long rump
     Lack of muscling over hips
Serious faults:
     Lacking width
     Narrow or pinched hips
     Narrow or pinched pin bones

LEGS: Moderately heavy boned but not coarse. Forelegs heavily boned, strong, sturdy,
straight, and set wide apart. Rear legs straight when viewed from behind and set wide
apart, providing ample height for udder clearance. Pasterns medium length. Strong and
springy with proper slope. Well angulated from thurl to hock. Hock cleanly molded, straight
from hock to pastern.
Moderate faults:
     Flanks lacking muscle tone and/or depth
     Thighs shallow or weak
     Poorly angulated rear legs
Serious faults:
     Fine boned or lacking width
     Postiness, cow, fiddle or sickle hocks
     Thighs lacking width
Very serious faults:
     Elbows not flush with torso
     Bowed or knock kneed
     Labored and/or stiff locomotion

FEET: Short, straight, with deep heel and level sole. Toes symmetrical and tight, not curled
or splayed.
Moderate faults:
Serious faults:
     Not symmetrical
     Splayed and/or curved
     Pasterns too long or too short
Very serious faults:
     Stiff or weak pasterns
     Pasterns lacking proper slope

Dairy/Meat Character

NECK: Moderate length, strong and muscular but not fat, smoothly blended to shoulder and
Serious faults:
     Overly long or short
     Lacking muscle tone

WITHERS: Wedge shaped, slightly above and blending smoothly into the shoulder blade.
Muscular but not fat, should be slightly higher than hips.
Serious faults:
     Sharp or steep
Very serious faults:

RIBS: Long, flat, and wide apart, well sprung and deep.
Serious faults:
     Short or close
Very serious faults:
     Lacking spring of rib

FLANK: Moderately deep and arched, with some increase in depth of flank over depth at
heart girth.
Serious faults:
     Lack of muscle tone and/or depth

THIGHS: Muscular, but with some incurving when viewed from the side and rear; set apart
and long with somewhat wide incurving escutcheon providing ample room for the udder.
Moderate faults:
     Shallow or weak
Serious faults:
     Poorly angulated
Very serious faults:
     Lacking width or height

SKIN: Soft, fine textured, and pliable.

Body Capacity

Relatively large in proportion to the size of the animal, providing ample lung, digestive, and
reproductive capacity, as well as strength, vigor, and stamina. Greater attention to depth
and spring of rib than to body length.

CHEST: Deep and wide with chest floor wide between forelegs and full at the point of the
Serious faults:
     Lacking chest floor width

BARREL: Deep and strongly supported by ribs that are wide apart and well sprung; depth
and width increasing toward the rear of the barrel.
Moderate faults:
     Lacking symmetrical increase
Very serious faults:
     Narrow and/or shallow

HEART GIRTH: Deep, resulting from long, well sprung fore ribs, wide chest floor, full at the
point of elbow.
Very serious faults:

BRISKET: Prominent, extending beyond the point of shoulder when viewed from the side.
Very serious faults:
     Flat, non-protruding
Disqualifying faults:

Mammary System

UDDER: Capacious, held high and properly hung.
Disqualifying faults:
      Blind, non-functioning udder

FORE UDDER: Extended well forward, widely and tightly attached.
Moderate faults:
     Lacking proper blending
Serious faults:
     Lacking forward extension
     Narrow attachment
     Pocket and/or lack of muscle tone

REAR UDDER: Highly, widely, and tightly attached.
Serious faults:
     Lacking muscle tone
Very serious faults:
     Overly long
     Unbalanced halves

MEDIAL SUSPENSORY LIGAMENT:Strong and dividing neatly into a wide, quite level udder
floor with about 1/2" deep cleft.
Very serious faults:
     Lacking definite small cleft between halves

CAPACITY AND SHAPE: Proportionately large capacity with uniform halves and soft texture
adding to capacity.
Moderate faults:
      Lacking comperable capacity
Very serious faults:
      Unevenly hung
      Overly large for size of doe
TEATS: Medium size, easy to milk, cylindrical, uniform, plumb from rear view, pointing slightly
forward from the side view. Any teat abnormality denotes a "cull" and is unacceptable.
Moderate faults:
      Lacking symmetrical placement
Serious faults:
      Too short for ease of handling
      Lack of uniformity
Very serious faults:
      Too long, large or small

Reproductive System for Bucks

TESTICLES: Two, evenly and fully descended, of equal size, healthy and firm. The scrotal sac
is to be soft and pliable, with moderate to tight attachment.
Moderate faults:
      Not evenly descended
Serious faults:
      Unequal in size
Very serious faults:
      Poor condition
      Tough and/or lacking elasticity
Disqualifying faults:
      Not fully descended
      More or less than two

TEATS: Two non-functional, well shaped and adequately spaced. Any teat abnormality
denotes a cull and is unacceptable.
Very serious faults:
      Lacking uniformity and/or symmetrical placement
Disqualifying faults:
      More or less than two
      Multiple orifice, bifurcated, double, or extra teats
      Spurs, supernumery, blind, abnormal and/or deformed
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