The Mini-Alpine is an alert, gracefully hardy, animal that adapts and thrives in any climate while maintaining good health and excellent production. The straight or slightly dished face and fine, narrow, erect ears gives it a clean appearance. The various colors are given French names but color patterns are fine to use. Alpines with Toggenburg color AND white markings or all white are discriminated against in the show ring, but are registerable as Experimental with MDGA. All other color combinations are acceptable in all herdbooks.

***BOTH Generation AND Breed Standard MUST be met to enter each herdbook**

Generation F1 + F3 + F6 +
Percentage Any Less than 70% or more than 30% of either parent breed. Less than 70% or more than 30% of either parent breed.
Breed Character Any Erect ears
Straight or slight dish nose
Erect ears
Straight or slight dish nose
Height Any Max: Does 29” / Bucks 31” Max: Does 29” / Bucks 31”

Animals will be disqualified from American or Purebred herdbook and placed into the Experimental or American herdbook despite generation if they have any of the following:

  • Animal is over 70% or under 30% of either parent breed
  • Ears that are anything other than erect or noses that are convex
  • Any animal that is overheight 

**NOTE ON HEIGHTS: Currently MDGA does not require heights to be recorded with the registry except in the instance of milk testing and live shows as we know final height is not achieved until maturity (3-4 years old).  It is the breeder’s responsibility to ensure their animals are within proper heights, and to submit them to the registry to have herdbooks changed when it is known they are over height.

If an animal is demoted to Experimental or American due to not meeting the breed standard, they will receive an asterisk, *  at the end of their registration number. If the demoted animal’s offspring meets generation AND breed standard, the offspring will then be placed in the proper herdbook. If the offspring does not meet the standard and/or generation, then they will be put into the herdbook that they meet requirements. 



(sundgow) - black with white markings such as underbody, facial stripes, etc.

Two-Tone Chamoisee

light front quarters with brown or gray hindquarters.


(shamwahzay) - brown or bay characteristic markings are black face, dorsal stripe, feet and legs. Spelling for male is chamoise

Cou Blanc

(coo blanc) - literally "white neck" white front quarters and black hindquarters with black or gray markings on the head.

Cou Clair

(coo clair) - literally "clear neck" front quarters are tan, saffron, off-white, or shading to gray with black hindquarters.

Cou Noir

(coo nwah) - literally "black neck" black front quarters and white hindquarters.  Very rare in the USA.


brown with lavender cast.  Can be solid, two tone, belted, broken or with light points.

Markings on Mini-Alpines

Belted - Any of the above color descriptions with a white belt that extends around the body.

*Belted two-tone Chamoisee Mini-Alpine photos courtesy of MilkMaidRanch

Markings on Mini-Alpines

Whenever one of the patterns is broken with white should be described as a broken pattern such the Mini-Alpines shown here.