The Saanen goat is the largest of the dairy goat breeds. Growing to 130 to 145 pounds, the Saanen breed is one of the best goats for milk. This breed is a consistent high-volume and high-quality milk producer. It’s no wonder that the friendly Saanen goat has risen to the favorite position with many goat owners.
The Saanen goat, (Capra aegagrus hircus), originated in the Saanen Valley of Switzerland. They were first brought to the USA in 1904. Later arrivals from England joined herds, in the 1960s. The Saanen goat quickly became a favorite in milking goat herds. They joined Toggenberg, Nubian, LaManchas, Alpine, Oberhasli, and Nigerian Dwarf goats in the goat milk market.