The American LaMancha goat (or just Lamancha) originated from short-eared goats of a type found in LaMancha and others regions throughout Spain. Even so, there is not, nor has there ever been, a breed known as the Spanish LaMancha. The Term “American Lamancha” is an ADGA term which denotes a goat that is mostly Lamancha but has unknown genetics or varied genetics of other purebred goats.
Recognized as a breed in the 1950s, this goat has excellent dairy temperament and is an all-around sturdy animal that can withstand a great deal of hardship and still produce. The milk is known for its high butterfat.
The LaMancha face is straight with the ears being the distinctive breed characteristic. There are two types of LaMancha ears. In does one type of ear has no advantage over the other.
- The “gopher ear” is an approximate maximum length of one inch but pretty much non-existent and with very little or no cartilage. The end of the ear can be turned up or down. This is the only type of ear which will make a buck eligible for registration.
- The “elf ear” is described an approximate maximum length of two inches and the end of the ear must be turned up or turned down and cartilage shaping the small ear is allowed.
Any color or combination of colors can be found in this goat breed and the hair is usually short, fine and glossy.