Saanen Breed Standard



General Appearance

Attractive dairy type, alert and revealing vigour.   Showing femininity in does and masculinity in bucks and harmonious blending and correlation of parts.



Head of medium length and well balanced on neck.  Facial line dished or straight.  Skull broad between eyes.  Polled or neatly disbudded.  Eyes large and bright.  Pricked ears of medium size and carried well above the horizontal.  Well developed muzzle.  Open nostrils.



Does long and fine blending smoothly into shoulders.  Bucks well proportioned and strong.



Strong, straight and horizontal from withers to hips.



Lean high withers.  Set well into shoulders which should blend firmly into body.  Chest wide and deep in bucks showing medium width and depth in does.



Long deep and wedge shaped.  Proportionate to height.  Ribs well sprung.



Gradual slope from hips to tail.  Good width between hips and thurls.  Rump long and broad and strong.  Pinbones wide and prominent.



Forelegs straight and parallel viewed from front and side.  Hind legs strong and parallel viewed from rear.  Hocks slightly bent when seen from the side.  Hocks well apart. Pasterns short and strong.  Hooves sound and well shaped.



Showing good capacity and shape.  Attached over a wide area.  High and broad at rear.  Strong at sides.  Blending into the abdomen.  Floor of udder slightly cleft.  Softly textured.  Skin colour tan.



Of adequate size for ease of milking.  Well attached at lowest point of udder.  Distinct from udder.  Set well apart.  Pointing down and slightly forward.


Rudimentary teats

(Bucks) Two.  Set wide apart.  Slightly to the fore and sides of the scrotum.  Of good size but not overdeveloped.



Well developed.  Evenly balanced.  Scrotum not unduly divided.  Carrying two testicles.



(At withers) Does 81cm.  Bucks 94cm.


Short and smooth.  Bucks may have a longer coat.



Coat either white or cream.


Differing from ideal (found and recognised)

Horns, slightly raised bridge to nose.  Uneven tassels.  Longer hair along back and down the quarters.  Wry tail.



Lack of dairy quality.  Lack of milking capacity.  Lack of masculinity in bucks.  Size differing substantially from the ideal.  Uneven gait.  Low set ears.  Roach or sway back.  Weak or narrow chest.  Shallow body.  Steeply sloping rump.  Close hocks.  Dropped pasterns.  Poor feet.  Splayed toes.  Fleshly, pendulous or slightly divided udder.  Pocket in udder.  Small, thin, large, bulbous, ill-defined or unbalanced teats. Divided, uneven or unduly pendulous scrotum.  Excessively raised bridge to nose.  Pink skin.  Coat even biscuit colour as distinct from cream.



Wry face.  Obviously overshot or undershot lower jaw.  Pendulous ears.  Double or supernumerary teats.  Supernumerary orifices.  Undescended testicles in bucks or one testicle only.  Colour other than white, cream or even biscuit tinge.  Dark spots larger than 20mm in diameter at registration.  Intersex.