MDGA Fault Matrix

Slight to Serious Faults, General:

  • Body
    • Too short
    • Too narrow throughout the body
    • Too fine-boned
    • Sway-backed
    • Large horn scurs
    • Heavy shoulders
    • Narrow chest floor
    • Pinched in the heart girth
    • Steep rump
    • Broken or wry tail

 

  • Legs
    • Bowed front legs
    • Rear legs set too closely

 

  • Hocky- (turned in at the hocks)
    • Toes or feet pointing out
    • Mild, temporary lameness
    • Pasterns too long or too short
    • Enlarged knees
    • Buck knees

 

  • Udder
    • Weak attachments
    • Pocket in fore udder
    • Meaty udder lacking soft texture,
    • Scar tissue

 

  • Teats
    • Set too far in or out on the udder floor
    • Bulbous shape or small shape
    • Pointed forward or sideways
    • Supernumerary

Serious Faults, General:

  • Body
    • Crooked face (on does)
    • Undershot or overshot jaw
    • Loose or winged shoulders
    • Malformed or crooked hooves
    • American minis over height
  • Udder
    • Udder overfull to the point that texture cannot be felt
    • Swollen or hard udder (expect in does that are just fresh.)
    • Uneven udder to the point that one side is less than half the size of the other side
    • Udder lacking in size or of insufficient capacity in relation to body size considering the point at which the doe is in her lactation
    • Leaking orifice
  • Teats
    • Double orifice in teat.
    • Extra teat on doe, even if it has been removed.

Disqualifications, General:

  • Minis: mature “purebred does over Breed height requirement; purebred bucks over Breed height requirement
  • Nigerian Dwarf: mature does over 22 ½” tall and mature bucks over 23 ½” tall.
  • Serious emaciation
  • Permanent lameness
  • Evidence of myotonia
  • Permanent physical defect, such as hernia
  • Total blindness
  • Crooked face on buck
  • Horns
  • Evidence of hermaphroditism
  • Extra teat that interferes with milking
  • Anything other than two normal fully descended testicles in bucks
  • Extra teats on buck
  • Double orifice on buck
  • Suspicious lumps, sore mouth, evidence of Cocci or any other obvious contagious health issue.

Breed Specific:

Please note:

Not making breed character will not affect your ability to
register animals within the “Experimental” registry.

Many times the first couple of generations will not conform to
breed standards, especially with the color breeds, Mini-Oberhasli,
Mini-Saanen, and Mini-Toggenburg, or in ear set in the
Mini-LaMancha and the Mini-Nubian.

If they do not have the correct breed character by the 3rd generation,
or if a higher generation does not conform, they can still be registered
as an experimental with an * after their registration number showing
that they did not conform to breed standard.

If your animals do not meet breed character standards, you will still be able to register them in the “Experimental” registry.

It is not uncommon for the the first couple of generations to not conform to breed standards, especially in color (Mini Oberhasli, Mini Saanen, and Mini Toggenburg) or in ear set (Mini LaMancha and Mini Nubian).

Mini Alpine:

  • Serious faults:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only
  • Animals with Toggenburg color and markings
  • Animals that are all white
  • Roman nose
  • American Over height

 

  • Disqualification:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only:
  • Pendulous ears
  • LaMancha-type ears
  • Purebred: Over height

Mini Guernsey:

  • Serious faults:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only
  • Swiss facial stripes and/or rump marking (as on Toggenburg or Oberhasli breeds)
  • Roman nose (depending upon degree)
  • Black hairs in the coat
  • Dominantly white coat on mature does.
  • American Over height

 

  • Disqualification:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only:
  • No gold tone to skin on muzzle, ears, eyes, mammary, scrotum, or under tail.
  • Black markings or spots in the hair over 1 ½” (3.8 cm) in any direction
  • Pendulous ears
  • Purebred: Over height

Mini LaMancha:

  • Serious Faults:
  • American: Over height

 

  • Disqualification:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only:
  • Anything but gopher ears on bucks
  • Ears other than true LaMancha-type on does
  • Purebred: Over height

Mini Nubian:

  • Serious faults:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only
  • Straight face
  • Upright ears
  • American: Over height

 

  • Disqualification:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only:
  • Ears other than true pendulous
  • Purebred: Over height

Mini Oberhasli:

  • Serious Faults:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only
  • Small white spots in hair of does
  • American: over height

 

 

  • Disqualification:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only:
  • Large white spot (1” in any direction) on does; few small white spots in hair of bucks
  • Light belly on does
  • Pendulous or LaMancha-type ears
  • Black bucks
  • Any color but red bay in bucks
  • Any color but red bay or black in does
  • Purebred: Over height

Mini Saanen:

  • Serious faults:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only
  • Dark cream color
  • Several small dark spots in hair
  • Roman nose
  • American: over height
  • Disqualification:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only:
  • Spots over 1” in any direction
  • Pendulous or LaMancha-type ears
  • Purebred: Over height

Mini Sable:

  • Serious faults:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only
  • Pendulous or LaMancha-type ears
  • Solid white or cream color
  • Purebred: Over height
  • Mini Toggenburg:
  • Serious faults:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only
  • Few white spots in hair of does
  • Black color in does
  • Few small, white spots in hair of bucks
  • American: over height

 

  • Disqualification:
  • Allowances given to “Experimentals” only:
  • Pendulous or LaMancha type ears
  • Black bucks
  • Tricolor or piebald
  • Large white spot ( 1” in any direction)
  • White belly on buck
  • Purebred: Overheight

Nigerian Dwarf:

  • Serious Faults:
  • Roman nose
  • Curly coat
  • Disqualification:
  • Pendulous or LaMancha-type ears
  • Does over 22.5” tall and bucks over 23.5” tall