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Judging Scorecard for Pygmy Goat Does & Bucks

There are three judging scorecards, one for does, one for bucks, and one for wethers.  Breed Standard traits are categorized with points assigned to each category. The points are assigned based on the relative importance of the traits in that category to the ideal pygmy goat.  All three scorecards total 100 points;  however, individual categories and points vary for does, for bucks, and for wethers.

Below is a summary of the Scorecard for Does and Bucks.  For a complete scorecard and faulting sheet click on the link below.



Scorecard Points

Doe Buck

General Appearance

  • BODY MEASUREMENTS meet specifications for age group
  • Genetically HORNED (disbudding permitted)
  • BALANCED & well blended; showing style
  • PROPORTIONS typically cobby; wide in relation to length & height
  • CONDITION optimal for age & frame of animal; HEALTH PERFECT
14 14

Head & Expression

  • HEAD typey; medium-short; profile dished
  • JAWS broad, strong, well muscled, symmetrically aligned
  • BITE even; neither over nor undershot
  • EYES bright, set well apart, prominent but not protruding
  • EARS firm, medium sized, alertly erect
  • MUZZLE broad, full, rounded; nose short, wide, flat
  • EXPRESSION alert, animated
10 12


  • COAT dense, hair straight; medium long; abundant in bucks
4 6

Breed Markings

  • BREED SPECIFIC MARKINGS distinct - See Breed Standard for complete description
8 12


  • NECK strong, full throated, muscular, round, blending well into withers
3 5


  • SHOULDERS well laid back & angulated; blades firmly attached
  • WITHERS nearly level with spine
5 5


  • CHEST floor wide; forechest prominent
  • HEART GIRTH large, full at the elbows
  • RIBS long, well sprung, wide apart
10 10


  • BARREL symmetrical, broad, deep, widening toward low-set flanks.
8 8


  • BACK strong, broad, straight, level along chine and loin
8 8


  • RUMP medium long, medium wide, neither level nor steep
  • HIPS wide, nearly level with back
  • THURLS high & wide apart
  • PINBONES well apart, prominent
  • TAIL symmetrical, set & carried high
8 8

Legs & Feet

  • LEGS strong, well-muscled, wide apart, squarely set
  • FORELEGS straight
  • CANNON BONE short
  • ELBOWS close to ribs
  • HINDLEGS well-angulated, short-hocked, parallel & aligned with hips; femur and tibia long, well-muscled; stifle joint pronounced
  • PASTERNS short, strong, resilient
  • FEET well shaped, symmetrical; heels deep, soles level
  • GAIT smooth, balanced, ground covering & effortless
10 12

Mammary System (Does)

  • TEATS: Cylindrical, symmetrically shaped and placed, milkable, functional.  Free from deformities & obstructions.  Devoid of multiple orifices
  • UDDER functional, balanced, firm, elastic, rounded, small to medium sized, well-attached; high in rear, well forward in front

Reproductive System (Bucks)

  • TESTICLES normal, equal in size; both fully descended

Mammary System (Bucks)

  • TEATS: two single, normal, non-functional.  Devoid of multiple orifices.  Free from deformities.
  100 100


Excerpts from:
Carpenter, Linda, ed. Judges Training Handbook 5th Edition
     National Pygmy Goat Association: pp 11

This document is for informational purposes only and is in no way intended to be a substitute for medical consultation with a qualified veterinary professional. The information provided through this document is not meant to be used in the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or disease, nor should it be construed as such.



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