Oberhasli, also called anOberian, and formally called Miniature
Oberhasli, Goats are dairy goats that were created
by breeding a Nigerian Dwarf with an Oberhasli Goat. Mini-Oberhasli Goats produce from 4 to 10 pounds of milk per day.
They are registered by the
privately owned Miniature Dairy Goat
Association (MDGA)and The Miniature Goat Registry, which is a nonprofit corporation. The minimum height
for does is 21 inches and 23 inches for bucks. Maximum height standards for
purebreds are 28 inches for does and 30 inches for bucks. They are most often
red bay with black markings, although they also may be pure black and only
rarely red (not accepted for registration). The Mini-Oberhasli should be a
mid-sized version of the Oberhasli dairy goat; however, at this time, one trait
that came exclusively from their Nigerian ancestors is still allowed: blue
considered purebred after six generations of breeding Mini-Oberhasli to
Mini-Oberhasli. Red bay and black are accepted colors at this time, with small
amounts of white allowed. The final purebred Oberian should still be approximately
50% Nigerian and 50% Oberhasli.
Mini Oberhaslis are considered
by some to be the ideal urban dairy goat because they are smaller than standard
dairy goats, give more milk than Nigerian Dwarves, and have gentle, friendly,
and quiet personalities.