LaMancha Goat


Scientific Name

Capra hircus

Species Survival Plan



They are a developed domestic breed.


Large wild or domestic dogs, big cats and fox


Herbivorous, eating hay when given and browse from trees and bushes

Originally Native To

Ancestors are from Spain, but the recognized breed was developed in the United States


28 - 30 inches


Males 150 lb.
Females 130 lb.


The ears, or lack of thereof, are the special characteristic of this breed; the coat is short, fine and varies in color.

Gestation Period

145 - 155 days


Two kids, three is not uncommon

Birth Season

Spring months


Wild Not Applicable
Captivity 15 years

Social Behavior

Very social and prefer to be in a group; popular as pets due to temperament


About LaMancha Goat

American LaManchas were created in the 1930s by a woman named Eula F. Frey in Oregon after she had relocated from California. The breed was developed from unusually short-eared goats believed to be descended from goats brought to California by Spanish missionaries.

Those goats were bred to several other breeds, including Nubians and Alpines, until a distinctive American LaMancha breed was developed. Official recognition by the American Dairy Goat Association came in 1958. The LaMancha goat is the only breed of dairy goat developed in the United States.

Over the years, the LaMancha was shaped into a low-maintenance grazing breed that has excellent migration abilities. Perhaps this behavior helps explain the LaMancha breed’s strong herding instinct, which causes them to prefer being in a group.

The LaMancha breed is used for milk production and is known for having a high consistency of butterfat in its milk. Their milk produces a high amount of vitamins and minerals, plus it is lower in cholesterol than cow’s milk. Goat's milk is more easily digestible than cow’s milk.

Worldwide, more people consume milk and milk products from goats than from any other animal.

LaManchas are easily recognized by their very small outer ear. There are two types of LaMancha ears.

The “gopher ear” has an approximate length of one inch, but preferably it is nonexistent with little to no cartilage. The “elf ear” has an approximate length of two inches and can have some cartilage shaping the small ear.

Only bucks with gopher ears are accepted for breeding, as bucks with elf ears may sire “throwback” kids with standard longer ears. The face must be long and straight; a curved nose of the Nubian type disqualifies a specimen from the show ring.

LaManchas have a short and glossy coat with numerous color variations and patterns.

LaMancha goats are popular as pets due to their temperament. Lamanchas are known for their curiosity and affectionate nature. They are quieter than many other goats and easy to look after. LaMancha goats are extremely hardy in a range of climates.

Goats are diurnal (active during the day), spending most of their time eating shrubs, trees, herbs, and scrub.

At Fossil Rim, LaMancha goats live at the Children's Animal Center.


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