Origin and diffusion
The distant origins of this breed are the middle-eastern side of the Mediterranean basin. It was selected in Italy. Main breeding area: Sicily and central-southern regions. Other small groups in Northern regions. Strong milky attitude that is well suited to the intensive stallion system. Raised in the wild, semi-wild and housed.
The herd book was activated in Italy in 1973. The milk production prevalence is prevalent.
Breed with herd book in Italy.
Morphological and productive characteristics
Cut it: average.
Head: relatively small and light; rather squat in the male; rectilinear front-nasal profile; presence of beard in the male; characteristic long and wide ears, hanging both in the male and in the female with a notable tendency to have the ends turned outwards; tuft of tangled hair, not always present, in the frontal area only in the male; the horns are absent or present in both male and female.
Trunk: thorax and abdomen wide; robust limbs; well developed breast. Large breast, pecorino type, rarely piriform, with developed nipples. Sturdy limbs with gray or yellowish claws.
fleece: long hairs of white-yellowish color (possibility of black spots), often. Head with more or less intense spots of black-raven color. White-pink skin with the exception of the areas where the size is present.
Height average at the withers:
- Males a. cm. 87
- Females a. 71
-Male a. Kg. 70
- Females a. 46
Productions medium milk:
- primipare lt. 243
- multiple lt. 377
(5.1% fat and 4.3% protein content)
Average weight of kids at birth 3.5 kg, at 60 days 11 kg. Fertility: 95%
Maltese goats (photo by Salvatore Pipia / ISZS)