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:
           Misshapen
   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
brisket.
   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:
           Recessed

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
elbow.
   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:
           Shallow

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

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:
           Narrow
           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:
            Pendulous
            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:
            Narrow
            Lacking symmetrical placement
    Serious faults:
            Too short for ease of handling
            Lack of uniformity
            Strutting
    Very serious faults:
            Too long, large or small
            Cistern

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
            Soft
            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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