Golden Gurnsey Goat - Rare Breed

Golden Gurnsey Goats at the Agricultural Science Unit

Capra aegagrus hircus

The Golden Guernsey breed of goat has a docile nature making it a good household goat. They are generally smaller than other milking breeds and fine ­boned.


The coat can be long or short and can be all shades of gold with or without small white markings. Their ears are large and pointing forward with a slight upturn at the tip. The facial line is straight or slightly dished.

The ASU Introduced 3 Golden Gurnsey does to the Unit in August 2022 as part of the efforts to bring the breeds numbers up and reduce their status on the RBST watchlist

History of the Golden Gurnsey 

The first reference to Golden Guernsey goats is in an island Guide Book of 1826. However, it was not until the 1930s that Dr Tracey, a British Goat Society judge, noticed these outstanding golden goats and suggested to Miriam Milbourne that she should revive this almost extinct breed.


She set about this task with much enthusiasm, founding her L’Ancresse herd. In 1970 a Trust was set up to look after the remaining stock and out of this the Golden Guernsey Goat Breed Society was formed.


The first successful imports were in 1965 and the mainland club was formed in 1968. The British Goat Society Golden Guernsey register was opened in 1970.

For More Information click the link to be sent to the RBST website

Fact Check

Common Name : Golden Gurnsey Goat

Scientific Name : Capra aegagrus hircus

Type : Mammal

Diet : Herbivore

Group Name : Herd

Average Life Span in Captivity : 8-12 years


Size: Medium Goat

Weight : 54-69Kg

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The breed was nearly wiped out in the Second World War when most livestock on Guernsey was slaughtered during the German occupation