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The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe. The goat is a member of the family Bovidae and is closely related to the sheep as both are in the goat-antelope subfamily Caprinae.

Female goats are referred to as “does” or “nannies”, intact males as “bucks”, “billies”, or “rams” and their offspring are “kids”. Castrated males are “wethers”. Goat meat from younger animals is called “kid” or cabrito (Spanish), and from older animals is simply known as “goat” or sometimes called chevon (French), or in some areas “mutton” (which more often refers to adult sheep meat).

British Alpine goat

Picture 10 of 11 The British Alpine is quite a large goat in appearance. They are normally black with white Swiss markings, however sometimes a fully black animal may occur, often known as "all black" or "black Saanen" goats. This is due to a recessive gene. British Alpine goats have a typical "wedge" shape that is predominant in some other breeds of dairy goat.

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