For several hundred years bagot goats have lived
semi-wild atBlithfield Hall
in Staffordshire, England. Bagot goats were introduced to England at Blithfield
Hall in the 1380s. They were probably brought back to England by returning Crusaders,
and probably trace their ancestry to goats of the Rhone valley. The goats were
said to have been given to John Bagot of Blithfield by King Richard II of England
to commemorate the good hunting the King had enjoyed at Blithfield.
Bagot goats are small and
have a black head and neck but a white body.
The breed is nearly extinct:
in 1998 there were approximately 200 Bagot pedigree nannies in Great Britain.
According to legend when the Bagot goat breed dies out, the Bagot family will
die out as well.