LaMancha Goat


The LaMancha goat is easily recognized by its very small outer ears. These ear come in two types, either the “gopher” ear or the “elf” ear. The “gopher” ear has an approximate length of one inch, and is practically non-existent externally with little to no cartilage. The “elf ear” has an approximate length of two inches and can have some cartilage shaping it.

Because males with elf ears may sire “throwback” kids with standard longer ears, only males with gopher ears are traditionally accepted for breeding. To be considered a pure LaMancha the face must be long and straight; a curved nose disqualifies a specimen from the show ring. LaManchas have a short and glossy coat with numerous color variations and patterns.


American LaManchas were created in the 1930s. The breed is believed to be descended from goats brought to California by Spanish missionaries. Over the years, the LaMancha was shaped into a low-maintenance grazing breed, and are mainly used for milk production.

LaMancha goats are popular as pets due to their temperament. They’re known for their curiosity and affectionate nature, as well as their hardiness in a range of climates.

Got Milk?

LaMancha goats are a popular source of milk for humans around the world, owing to the high consistency of butterfat in their milk. This butterfat can help produce other milk-based products for everyday use, like soap. Their milk also produces a high amount of vitamins and minerals, and is low in cholesterol.

Goat’s milk is more popular worldwide than cow’s milk, with over 4 million tons of it being consumed annually. Goats are naturally easier to keep and transport than cows, making them a popular choice for people with little land or who move around often. 

Where are they?

These goats live at the Children’s Animal Center.

Try brushing some of our goats with the available brushes!

Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Capra hircus

Species Survival Plan



They are a developed domestic breed.


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


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


Wild Not Applicable
Captivity 15 years

Social Behavior

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