The exact origin of the breed is uncertain, but since goat bones have been found on Guernsey dating back to 2000BC , it is likely that the breed began to evolve into its current form about this time. The ancestors of the Golden Guernsey are believed to have been the Oberhasli and Syrian breeds. The first documented reference to the Golden Guernsey in its current form dates from 1826 when reference to a “golden goat” was printed in a guide book.
It’s name, of course, derives from its colouring, with hues ranging from pale blond to deep bronze. They are smaller and more fine-boned than other British milking goats, with great variation in coat length. They are goats with a pleasant nature and are typically very docile and friendly.
The goat is efficient milking livestock for its relatively small size, producing an average yield of 3.16 kilograms of milk per day; this is less than most Swiss goats, but the milk’s unusually high butterfat and protein content (3.72% and 2.81%, respectively) makes up for the small yield.