Spanish Goats are a heritage breed of goat that originated in Spain and were brought to the United States by early Spanish explorers and settlers. They are also known as Brush Goats, Florida Goats, and Scrub Goats.
- Spanish Goats are a hardy and adaptable breed that is well-suited to hot, dry climates. They are known for their ability to thrive in harsh environments and to survive on low-quality forage, making them a popular choice for farmers and ranchers in the southern United States.
- These small to medium-sized goats stand at about 20 to 30 inches tall and weigh about 75 to 125 pounds.
- They have a short, coarse coat that is typically white or cream in color, and they have long, curved horns and a beard on the chin.
- Spanish Goats are primarily used for meat production and brush control. They are known for their lean and flavorful meat, and they are also used to clear overgrown or brushy areas of land by grazing on the vegetation.
- Spanish Goats are known for their strong and independent nature. They are not as social or docile as some other breeds of goats, and they are more likely to try to escape or challenge humans or other animals.
- These goats have been put on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy watch list after reports were made that the species is threatened. The decline is partially the result of being used for meat and partially because they are being bred with other goats.
- Spanish Goats live 6-7 years.