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The Saanen, German: ‘Saanenziege’, French: ‘Chèvre de Gessenay’, is a Swiss breed of domestic goat. It takes its name from the Saanental in the Bernese Oberland, in the southern part of the Canton of Bern, in western Switzerland. It is a highly productive dairy goat and is distributed in more than eighty countries worldwide.[3]

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The Saanen originates in the historic region of Saanen (French: Comté de Gessenay) and in the neighbouring Simmental, both in the Bernese Oberland, in the southern part of the Canton of Bern, in western Switzerland.[4] Because of its high productivity, the Saanen has since the nineteenth century been exported to many countries of the world.

The Saanen is reported from more than eighty countries. The total world population is reported to be over 900,000 head.[3] Of these, some 14,000 are in Switzerland.[5]:404

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The Saanen is the largest breed of Swiss goat:[5]:404 billies stand about 90 cm at the withers and weigh a minimum of 85 kg.[2] It has white skin and a short white coat; some small pigmented areas may be tolerated.[2] It may be horned or hornless, and tassels may be present. The profile may be straight or somewhat concave; the ears are erect and point upwards and forwards.[5]:404

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The Saanen is the most productive milk goat of Switzerland,[5]:404 which has the most productive milking goats in the world.[5]:345 Average milk yield is 838 kg in a lactation of 264 days.[5]:404 The milk should have a minimum of 3.2% fat and 2.7% protein.[2]

The Saanen is not well suited to extensive management, and is usually raised intensively. Being pale-skinned, it does not tolerate strong sun.[5]:404

Because of its productivity, the Saanen has been exported all over the world, and has given rise to many local sub-breeds, often through cross-breeding with local goats. Among these local variants are the Banat White in Romania, the British Saanen, the French Saanen, the Israeli Saanen, the Russian White, the Weiße Deutsche Edelziege [de] in Germany, and the Yugoslav Saanen.[5]:404

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A black variant, the Sable Saanen, was recognised as a breed in New Zealand in the 1980s.

Breed of goat has a considerable impact on milk output and composition. The Saanen goat breed produces a lot of milk but has a low fat content, earning it the nickname “Holstein of the Goat World” (Haenlein and Caccese, 1984). The Nubian breed, which is similar to the Jersey type of cows, is the other extreme case. With a higher level of solids, including fat and solids-not-fat, Nubian breed milk output is lower (SNF). Between the Saanen and Nubian breeds, the Toggenburg, LaMancha, Oberhasli, and Alpine breeds give milk with a yield and composition similar to the Saanen and Nubian breeds (Haenlein and Caccese, 1984).