Origin and diffusion
Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland).
This is the only autochthonous goat breed in Scotland. Today they are found mainly on the west coast of Scotland. These long-horned goats probably descend from domesticated wild goats. Historically, scattered populations have existed for a long time, living among the most impervious hills of the country. Goats first appeared in Scotland well before sheep, 8,000 years ago, when Scotland was still covered in ice. This is the only autochthonous goat breed in Scotland; the breeds used for the production of cheese are imported instead.
The breed is at risk of extinction due to changes in breeding practices and the poor appreciation of ancient breeds. Its history is not fully known and the demand for large cuts of modern breeds increases; none of these factors aid its survival. Considered harmful by some and sometimes crossed with imported goats, the goats of this native breed are at risk of extinction.
Morphological and productive characteristics
Hair of various colors.
Attitude: in the past they were used for the production of milk and meat, today only for meat. Goat hair was once worked together with wool to strengthen the thread and make socks and other clothing of intense use.
Native Scottish goat (photo https://scottishfoodguide.com/)
Native Scottish goat (photo www.rarebreedgoats.co.uk)