Alpine goat colors

Alpine dairy goats come in many different color patterns with fancy French names (since the original Alpines are French Alpines). The color pattern is based on what the goat looks like when they are shaved because as their hair grows out, some of the black can fade to brown and some of the white can darken.  

Cou Blanc (coo blanc)

Literally translated “white neck”, these goats have white front ends and black hindquarters. They have gray or black markings on their heads.


Cou Clair (coo clair)

Literally translated “clear neck”, these goats have light brown, tan, cream, or grey front ends and black hindquarters. They also have gray or black markings on their heads.


Cou Noir (coo nwah)

Literally translated “black neck”, these goats are the opposite with black front ends and white hindquarters. We've never had a goat with these color markings.


Spotted or mottled. We've also never had a Pied goat.

Sundgau (sund gow)

Black with white markings on face, legs, and ears.


Chamoisee (sham wah zay)

These goats are range in color from light to dark brown. They can have white, brown, or black markings.


Two-tone Chamoisee

These goats are similar to cou blancs and cou clairs, except the colors are shades of brown without any black as the dominant color (black markings are typical).

Two-Tone Chamoisee Alpine Dairy Goat


This one speaks for itself.



Any pattern that is broken by white markings.

 Broken Color Pattern Alpine Dairy Goat

Or any pattern that is broken by a belt.


The color patterns don't affect how our goats milk. But they sure make them more fun to look at!

PJ Jonas

Disclaimer: This information is provided as an example of how we personally raise goats at Goat Milk Stuff. We are not veterinarians and any information on the GMS website should not be taken as veterinary advice. Please seek the advice of a professional vet before making any changes to your herd management or individual treatment of your goat.

2 Responses

Jackalope Ranch
Jackalope Ranch

February 08, 2022

I literally use your blog as a reference for the coloring of our goats all the time! The pictures and descriptions are right on and help clear up any of my questions. You are a God sent!

Katherine Carlozzi
Katherine Carlozzi

February 08, 2022

Thanks so much for your message describing the different colors. I hear your kids talking about the colors and never understood them…..I do now. I became a patron so I could continue to watch you and your family plus the goats. I try to comment on the videos but am never acknowledged. Love you and your family. Thanks.

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