Introducing The Handsome Damascus Goat

On June 8, 2020 by Lazer Horse
Damascus Goats Shami - White

The Damascus goat is an odd-looking creature. For hundreds of years, they have been bred as a dual-purpose beast: for milk and meat.

The Damascus goat is a relatively rare breed that hails from Syria and other Near East countries.

A large population also resides in Cyprus; this population were exported to the island by the British in the middle of the 19th century.

Also known as Aleppo, Halep, Baladi, Damascene, Shami, or Chami goats, they are popular in goat beauty competitions, notably winning the “Most Beautiful Goat” title at the Mazayen al-Maaz competition in Riyadh in June, 2008, as I’m sure you’re already aware.

About 50% of Damascus goat births produce twins; the kids grow quickly thanks to the genetically superior quality of their mother’s milk.

The Damascus goat‘s milk is particularly easy to digest, and has become a popular choice for cheese manufacturers in the region.

Damascus Goats Shami - Syria

Arabic literature mentions the Damascus goat liberally, celebrating its noble physical characteristics. Over the years, it has been bred into other herds to spread its desirable features into other breeds.

For some reason, when cross-breeding, the Damascus goat readily passes on its wonderful milk and meat genes.

Those “interesting” facts aside, the most important thing, as far as I’m concerned, is its incredibly odd appearance. This long-haired, small-headed breed is certainly striking.

Here are some more pictures:

Damascus Goat Photo
Damascus Goats Shami - Strangest Goat
Damascus Goats Shami - Roman Nose
Damascus Goats Shami - Roman Nose 2
Damascus Goats Shami - Profile View
Damascus Goats Shami - Long Ears
Damascus Goats Shami - Face
Damascus Goats Shami - Face And Ears
Damascus Goats Shami - Blunt Features
Damascus Goats Shami - Competition 2
Damascus Goats Shami - Competition 3
Damascus Goats Shami - Competition Long Hair

MORE GOATS STUFF:

GREAT GOAT GIFS

GOATS PLAYING ON SHEET METAL

GOATS IN WEIRD PLACES

CHINESE SEROW: GOAT ANTELOPE

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