Myotonic Goat Examples ~ The Good and the Bad

This is a compilation of photos from many knowledgeable Myotonic goat breeders. Each photo is owned by the person who took the photo, so please do NOT use these photos on your own website, or social media without permission.

These photos are for educational purposes only. It’s important to keep in mind some of the abnormal body structures below are caused by vitamin or mineral deficiencies and a few may be corrected by proper feeding and management.

Correct Head (front profile)
doe head

Incorrect Head (front profile)
incorrect face1 incorrect face2

Correct Face (side profile)
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Face Too Straight/Pointy Muzzle
incorrect head

Face Too Convex (Roman nose)
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Correct Muscle Mass
buck good muscle

Poor Muscle Definition
poor muscle

Overly Conditioned (aka overweight)
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Correct Legs (front view)
straight legs

Crooked Legs

crookedleg
Legs angle out to the sides instead of straight up and down when viewed from the front.

 

Correct Legs (side view)
correct legs

Posty Legs

postygoat
Rear legs are too straight up and down when viewed from the side.

 

Leg Diagram (to help with pictures below)
leg diagram rff

 

Correct Hocks
normalhocks

Cow Hocked

cowhocked
Hocks are angled in and toes pointed out.

 

Correct Front Pasterns
correct front pasterns2

Down in Front Pasterns (aka Weak Pasterns)
down front pasterns

Correct Rear Pasterns
normalpasterns

 

Down in Rear Pasterns (aka Weak Pasterns)
down rear pasterns

 

Correct Topline
straight topline


Swayback

uneven back
This doe is too straight in the back legs as well as having the dip in her back.

 

Correct Ears -there are slight variations in Myotonic ears. Some have a slight ripple while others don’t, so I’ve included examples of both in bucks and does.
Another thing to keep in mind about ears is they can change quite a bit as a goat grows. A kid with slightly droopy ears will likely be an adult with very droopy ears, whereas a kid with very erect ears will usually be an adult with slightly erect ears. This has been my experience.
buck ears correct ears3

correct ears1 correct ears4

Ears Too Erect
ears too erect

Ears Too Small/Short
Small Ears

Ears Too Drooping

These ears are too wide in the middle and are hanging down.
These ears are too wide in the middle and are hanging down.

 

drooping ears
These ears droop and somewhat impede the goat’s vision.

 

 

Normal Scrotum
normal scrotum

Split Scrotum
splitscrotum

Normal Udder (smaller, more tight to the body is also normal)
norm udder

Pendulous Udder

Normal Teats
normalteat

Double Teats (4 teats)
extrateats

Split Teats
splitteat

It’s important to take into consideration a goat needs a good frame/structure to be able to produce and nurse kids each year as well as forage and for food. Please breed for the more important structure first before worrying about minor things such as coat color, pattern, horn type, eye color, etc.

PS: I’d love to be able to add these photos to this list:
-down in pasterns
-down in fetlocks
-underbite
-overbite
-anything else you might have a picture of that would be appropriate for this page.
Feel free to e-mail your photos for consideration to: goatspots@gmail.com