The Damascus goat is an odd looking guy. For hundreds of years, he has been bred as a dual-purpose beast: for milk and meat. The Damascus goat is a relatively rare breed that hails from Syria and other Near East countries.
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There’s also a large population in Cyprus, which was exported by the Brits in the middle of the 19th century.Also known as Aleppo, Halep, Baladi, Damascene, Shami, or Chami goats.
The Damascus goat is like the bulldog of goats. It has an exceptionally short face and is much taller than most goat breeds. About 50% of Damascus goat births produce twins and the kids grow quickly, thanks to the genetically superior quality of their mother’s milk.
The Damascus goat‘s milk is particularly easy to digest, and has become a popular choice for cheese manufacturers in the region.
The introduction into life for the Damascus Goat is quite fascinating. Damascus goats are born with incredibly long ears. When they are young, their faces appear to be more normally formed. The facial distortions only come later in life as they reach adulthood.