The Oberhasli goat is domestic breed of goat developed in the mountains of Switzerland. It is also known as Oberhasli Brienzer or Swiss Alpine and mainly used for milk production. Oberhasli goat derives from the sub-type of Chamois Colored goat from the Oberhasli district of the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland. Oberhasli goats were first imported to the United States in the early 1900s. But those goats were not bred pure and the bloodlines were lost. And purebred herds were not established and maintained until 1936. Five Chamois Colored goats were imported from Switzerland to the United States in 1936.
And all purebred Oberhasli goats in the United States descend from those goats. The breed was initially called the Swiss Alpine, and interbred with the Alpine goats of other types. But in 1977, a breeder’s association was formed and the breed name Oberhasli was adopted. Registration records were separated from the Alpines and a herdbook established in the following year. An association of breeders was formed in about 1977 named ‘the Oberhasli Breeders of America’. The Oberhasli goat was accepted as a breed by the American Dairy Goat Association in 1978 or 1979. There is a miniature version of this goat breed, which is called Oberian or Mini Oberhasli goat. Read more information about the Oberhasli goat below.
Oberhasli goat is a medium sized animal, which is alert and vigorous in appearance. Primary the color of the Oberhasli goats is chamois. Chamois is described as: Bey – ranging from light to deep red bay, with the later most desirable. The color of the does may also be solid black, but not the bucks. There may be a few white hairs through the coat and about the ears of the Oberhasli goat. There are many black markings on their entire body.