Sarda Goats, native to the enchanting Mediterranean island of Sardinia, situated off the west coast of central Italy, epitomize resilience and adaptability in the rugged landscapes of their homeland. Thriving throughout the island, particularly in the provinces of Cagliari and Nuoro, these goats trace their lineage back to ancient times and bear the indelible imprint of Maltese influence.
Characterized by a medium build, elongated necks, and robust chests, Sarda Goats boast well-developed udders in does, attesting to their suitability for milk production. Renowned for their hardiness and tenacity, they excel in thriving amidst the challenging conditions of their semi-wild or wild habitats, a testament to their natural resilience and adaptability.
Recognized as one of the esteemed autochthonous Italian goat breeds, Sarda Goats are proudly registered in the genealogical herdbook maintained by the Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia, the Italian national association of sheep- and goat-breeders. Established in 1981, this herdbook serves as a testament to the breed's rich heritage and enduring legacy within the Italian agricultural landscape.
In 1998, the population of Sarda Goats stood at an impressive 260,000, with 6,577 individuals officially registered in the herdbook. Over the years, concerted conservation efforts have led to a commendable increase in the registered population, reaching 11,121 individuals by the end of 2013. This upward trajectory underscores the commitment to preserving and safeguarding the genetic diversity and cultural significance of the Sarda Goat breed for future generations to cherish and admire.