MDGA Registration

Mini Saanen Breed Standard


The Mini-Saanen are vigorous with rugged bones yet the does should be feminine and not coarse. Mini-Saanens are white to cream with white being preferred. Spots on the skin are not discriminated against while small spots of color in the hair are allowed but not desirable. The face is straight or slightly dished.  Roman noses are not desirable and are discriminated against.  The ears should be erect and alertly carried, preferably pointing forward.

***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
Solid White
Erect ears
Straight or slight dish nose
Solid White
Height Any Max: Does 29” / Bucks 31” Max: Does 29” / Bucks 31”


If a Mini Saanen breeding produces progeny with color, despite generation, these animals will be placed in the Experimental herdbook, or the member has the option to move that animal to the Mini Sable herdbook. If placed into the Mini Sable herdbook, they or their progeny may not re-enter the Mini Saanen book as they will be considered a Mini Sable and must be bred to a Mini Sable or Nigerian Dwarf only.

If a breeder chooses to breed a Mini Saanen to a Mini Sable, the resulting offspring will be placed in the Grade herdbook. Please visit the Grade herdbook page for more info concerning Grades.


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
  • Any coloring other than solid white – animals other than solid white will be placed in the Experimental herdbook OR can be placed in the Mini-Sable herdbook.
  • 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. 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. 

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