The LaMancha dairy goat is born with its unique small ears. In fact, that is the distinguishing feature of this breed. This breed is thought to have descended from Spanish goats brought by early settlers to California.

Many people were involved in bringing this small eared goat to breed status, but most of the credit is given to Eula Fay Frey who was located in southern Oregon. The first 60 registered animals were registered in the Frey herd-name-FAY.

However, the LaMancha does have several other traits that make it one of the more popular dairy breeds today;

• The LaMancha is a dependable dairy goat producing quality milk with high butterfat and protein over a long period of time. They are one of the easier does to milk for 2 years without rebreeding.

• They are considered easy keepers, being vigorous and adaptable. They thrive on homestead rations or respond well when challenged in a commercial setting.

• They are a popular show breed, with entries increasing yearly; they are the largest breed at many shows.

• The LaMancha also has a very positive disposition, being inquisitive and lovable, easy-going and cooperative.


• For a very good complete history of the breed, go to Barbara Backus' "The Tale of the Ear"

Don & Judi Hoy - 1984
An Afternoon Stroll
with Stripe the Cat.