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breed standards

breed characteristics

The American Dually is a midsize, dual purpose goat with a minimum weight of 90lbs up to a maximum of 150lbs. It has a sufficient, medium-boned structure matching a well-muscled body, this making the American Dually goat, a productive, hardy and fruitful breed.

****Pending addition of faults, disqualifiers, and score card






20” to 26” maximum at withers for does; 22” to 28” maximum at withers for bucks.


For does, 90-130lbs; for bucks, 100-150lbs


Any coat is acceptable.


Any color and markings are acceptable.


Strong, deep jaw with wide muzzle and open, wide nostrils give a balanced look following through with good width between large, bright eyes. Straight or dish faced with allowable Roman nose. Any ears are acceptable but preferred ears are set below horizontal.


Medium-boned preferred with adequate bone to match musculature. Never frail or have coarseness in bone.


Polled or genetically horned. At discretion of producer if disbudded or horned. For show, horned, disbudded, or polled allowed with disbudded the preference.


Muscular, well-rounded and attached at wither blending smoothly into wide crops. Muscular, tight shoulder blades.


Rounded, well muscular, not fatty. Smoothly blended through the wither into the chine.


Strong, rounded, good width side to side when viewed from above and a smooth transition from well rounded crops and withers blending smoothly into hips and rump.



Legs in proportion to body length and depth. Strong and straight with sufficient width between front legs when viewed from front. Front legs should be directly under withers (if you ran a straight line from withers to bottom of hoof). Rear legs when viewed from behind are set wide and straight with deep muscular thighs. When viewed from the side, rear leg is well angulated from thurl to hock. Straight from hock to pasturn with deep muscular thigh and open escutcheon.


Strong and springy with proper slope.


Hooves should be well formed, straight with two toes. Symmetrical and tight; not curled, splayed or rolled over.




Clean cut, muscular (not fat) neck in proportion to body length, blending smoothly into withers, shoulders, and brisket.



Wide, well rounded, muscular over withers with good width side to side when viewed from above, giving you a muscular, long and wide loin, blending smoothly into muscular hips, thighs, and rump.



Long, flat and wide apart. Well sprung and deep with ample room for carrying kids and body capacity.



When viewed from the side, flank should be deep and arched with more depth on flank over depth at heart girth giving animal a deep wedge shape.



Well rounded, thick, and muscular thighs with some incurving when viewed from side and rear. Muscular thighs set apart with deep and wide escutcheon.



Soft and pliable.





Relatively large in proportion to size of animal and bone structure, providing excellent capacity for lung, digestive, and reproduction. Greater emphasis to depth and spring of rib in proportion to body length. Does should have deep wedge shape with deep chest, wide, deep ribs, barrel and flanks. Chest sufficient width when viewed from front, deep when viewed from side. Chest floor should be level with point of elbow.



Brisket should be prominent and deep, not tilted forward extended before point of shoulder and well defined. Should not be able to see bottom of brisket when viewed from the front.



Deep and supported by wide ribs that are well sprung and wide apart. Deep width increasing toward the flank and rear barrel.





Fore udder well extended and blended into under belly and flank. No shelves or pockets. When viewed from side, fore udder should be 1/3 of udder. Does should have udders that are held higher into the escutcheon while allowing for a thick, deep, meaty thigh. Udders should be held high, above hocks to lessen injury. Udders should have good width in the escutcheon and be tightly attached.


If you were looking at a rear udder like you were looking at a clock, 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock would be excellent udder attachments. 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock are acceptable. More preference given to attachments between 9-3 and 10-2. 11 o'clock to 1 o'clock is inferior.


Udder size in proportion to body size. Uniform halves and soft texture. Should not be meaty but capacious and soft, milking down well with suede-like feel. Teats proportion to udder size, easy to milk, plump from rearview, pointing slightly forward from sideview. Any teat deviation other than 2 teats is a cull.





Testicles should be two evenly, fully descended of equal size. Healthy and firm. The scrotal sack is to be soft and pliable with moderate to tight attachment.



Two non-functional, well-shaped and adequately spaced. Any teat deviation is a cull.

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