Quietest Goat Breeds and Tips to Keep Your Goats Quieter

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Goats are playful, curious, and…noisy. They have a wide range of bleats, and each goat has a distinctive, unique voice. 

In a quiet, peaceful neighborhood, a loud goat can upset neighbors. Most goats are not super quiet. But, is there a way to own goats and strike a balance?

What are the quietest goat breeds? Several goat breeds are known for being extremely quiet. The quietest goat breeds include the Oberhasli, Angora, Myotonic, and Saanen. But these aren’t the only quiet breeds we’ll cover in this article.

Although you can opt for quiet breeds, you should still pay attention to the sounds your goats make! Vocalizations can indicate that your goats are in pain, hungry, thirsty, ill, lonely, or bored. Check your herd regularly and ensure their needs are being met. Nubian, Nigerian Dwarf, and Pygmy goats are often the loudest goat breeds, so avoid these breeds if your goal is peace and quiet.

Those ten breeds are all remarkable in their own right. Let’s explore them further, and then cover why your goats might be so noisy and how to reduce noise levels!

1. Oberhasli: Beautiful, Versatile, and Productive Goats

Oberhasli goats are the quietest breed of goats! This breed rarely makes a noise, and their voices are generally soft. Oberhasli goats are the best breed to consider if you need a quiet goat. Even the bucks are usually quiet.

Oberhasli goats are most commonly raised for milk, but they’re also used for meat, packing, or showing. They’re fantastic for small farms. This is an excellent breed if you’re looking for quiet, easygoing, and multi-purposed goats.

  • Excellent for children
  • Ideal for breeding
  • Typically polled (naturally hornless)

If you want a quiet and small goat breed, you should definitely consider the Miniature Oberhasli

Oberhasli Breed Characteristics

Origin: Switzerland
Conservation: At risk, recovering
Size: Medium
Height: 28-34 inches
Weight: 100-150lbs
Care: Low
Lifespan: 12 years
Primary Purpose: Dairy, packing, showing, pets
Temperament: Friendly, quiet, alert, and adventurous
Cost: $300-$1,000

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3. Angora: Fiber Powerhouses

If you want a goat that’s both quiet and provides valuable fiber, look no further than the Angora. Angora goats are mohair powerhouses with a widespread reputation for being quiet, calm, and docile. Additionally, many of them are amazing with children.

Angora goats do require more care than other breeds, but they’re well worth it. They yield an average of 5-10 lbs of mohair, and they’re sheared twice a year. This equals out to 10-20 lbs of mohair annually that you can sell or use!

  • Profitable
  • Great personalities
  • Produces Mohair fiber (very coveted)

Angora Breed Characteristics

Origin: Ankara, Turkey
Conservation Status: Not at risk
Size: Medium to large
Height: 36-48 at the withers
Weight: 70-225lbs
Care: High
Lifespan: 10 years
Primary Purpose: Mohair production
Temperament: Sweet, mild, gentle, and quiet
Cost: $300-$650

4. Myotonic Goats: Quiet and Fun “Fainting Goats”

Myotonic goats (or Tennessee Fainting goats, as they’re more commonly known) are exceptionally quiet. They only bleat when they have a reason to, which is the most ideal in a goat – you want to know when there’s a problem. 

Myotonic goats are very friendly and make great pets – even for kids! They famously have a peculiar recessive genetic condition called myotonia congenita. This means that while they don’t lose consciousness, their muscles stiffen and contract, which may cause them to fall over.

This fainting breed’s origins are a bit murkier than others. The first four recorded Myotonic goats came from Nova Scotia in the 19th century, but they were ultimately bred in Tennessee, US. 

  • Great for meat
  • Ideal for children
  • Fun to be around!

Myotonic Breed Characteristics

Origin: US (Tennessee)
Conservation Status: Threatened – recovering
Size: Small-medium
Height: 17 inches
Weight: 50-165lbs
Care: Low
Lifespan: 10-18 years
Primary Purpose: Meat
Temperament: Friendly, charismatic, playful, quiet
Cost: $100-$600

5. Saanen: Quiet and Intelligent

Saanen goats have soft voices and they’re usually not at all talkative. You likely won’t notice a Saanen around, and neither will your neighbors! Despite their larger size, Saanen goats are excellent on small homesteads for this reason. However, Saanen bucks tend to be quite loud.

I find that Saanen goats are often super calm and collected, unlike a lot of other energetic and bouncy breeds. This breed might be perfect for you if you want quiet, gentle, calm, and productive goats – especially around kids.

  • Calm and quiet
  • Extremely productive milkers
  • Profit potential

Saanen Breed Characteristics

Origin: Switzerland
Conservation Status: Least concern
Size: Medium-large
Height: 31-35 inches
Weight: 145 lbs
Care: Low
Lifespan: 10 years
Purpose: Dairy
Temperament: Friendly, docile, intelligent, calm
Cost: $100-$700+

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6. American LaMancha: Gentle and Calm

LaMancha goats are super calm, laid-back, and quiet. These goats won’t disturb you or your neighbors. LaManchas are perfect if you enjoy quiet time and you want an excellent dairy goat.

This breed is also one of the best goats for children. LaManchas are easy to handle and can produce a gallon of high-quality milk every day. They have great, sweet personalities, and you’ll have a blast with this breed.

  • Perfect for dairy farms
  • Great for children
  • High percentage of butterfat in the milk

LaMancha Breed Characteristics

Origin: USA
Conservation Status: Unlisted
Size: Medium-large
Height: 28-30 inches
Weight: 130-165
Care: Low
Lifespan: 7-10 years
Purpose: Dairy
Temperament: Calm, even-tempered, sweet, great with kids
Cost: $400-$600

6. Golden Guernsey: Beautiful Dairy Goats

Golden Guernsey goats are typically very quiet, unlike most other goats. They’re also productive milkers, friendly, and typically polled, all excellent traits for 4-H goats. 

This breed is very hardy and adaptable, although they haven’t quite developed immunity to diseases in North America. Unfortunately, Golden Guernsey goats are still relatively rare, although they deserve more popularity.

Why raise Golden Guernsey goats?

  • Long lifespan
  • Great for milk
  • Easy to keep

Golden Guernsey Breed Characteristics

Origin: Isle of Guernsey, Britain
Conservation Status: Endangered, minority
Size: Medium
Height: 26-28 inches
Weight: 120-150 lbs
Care: Low-Medium
Lifespan: 15 years
Purpose: Dairy
Temperament: Docile, affectionate, may take time to gain trust
Cost: $400-$500

7. Toggenburg: Lively and Stubborn 

Toggenburg goats often have gentle, soft voices. Most Toggenburg owners remark about how silent their goats are! This is advantageous for numerous reasons, from keeping goats in a busy neighborhood to even predator protection. 

These are also stubborn, lively, and bold goats, although many have friendly dispositions. It takes time and handling for them to become more sociable. Toggenburgs are excellent for milk and meat production.

Toggenburg goats may not be suitable for young children, so use common sense and caution with this breed.

  • Multi-purposed (Milk and Meat)
  • Profitable
  • Stringent milk makes great cheese flavors

Toggenburg Breed Characteristics

Origin: Switzerland
Conservation Status: Not at risk
Size: Medium-large
Height: 28-38 inches
Weight: 125-200 lbs
Care: Low-medium
Lifespan: 8-12 years
Purpose: Dairy and meat
Temperament: Engaging, friendly, bold, lively, stubborn, active, vigilant
Cost: $200-$500
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Muppet is mixed with Toggenburg and Pygmy

8. Boer: Gentle Giants

Boer goats are super quiet – except for when they want something! Willow, our Boer doe, is perhaps the quietest goat in our herd. But if she’s hungry or separated from the other goats, she certainly lets you know about it. 

Boer goats are large, stocky, and strong. Willow is idiosyncratically smaller than most other Boer goats, but she has their sturdy conformation. They’re most often raised for meat. Boer goats are also extremely hardy.

Despite their size, most Boer goats are quite docile. They have a reputation as “gentle giants.” This often makes them desirable for children or companions. Just remember that some bucks can be aggressive! 

  • Good for meat production (Milk has higher percentage of cream)
  • Gentle with children
  • Easy to keep

Boer Breed Characteristics 

Origin: South Africa
Conservation Status: Least concern
Size: Large
Height: 17-25 inches
Weight: 250-350 lbs
Care: Low
Lifespan: 8-12 years
Purpose: Meat, pets, showing
Temperament: Laid-back, docile, gentle
Cost: $400-$500

9. Cashmere: Diverse and Valuable

Though there are many Cashmere breeds, they tend to be quiet and calm. Some Cashmere goats are more “feral” and less friendly than others, but most lines are generally quieter than other breeds.

Cashmere goats (also called Kashmir) are mostly prized for their silky coats that produce luxurious cashmere. While white is dominant, Cashmere goats can be found in a diverse and beautiful array of colors, including black, red, cream, grey, and badger.

Did you know that cashmere goats aren’t a breed on their own? Instead, they compose a type of goat that simply produces cashmere. Some of these breeds include Australian Cashmere, Inner Mongolia Cashmere, Hexi, Kashmir Pashmina, Licheng Daqing, and more. Fortunately, as already mentioned, most of these breeds are quite quiet.

Because of this, Cashmere goats aren’t classified in a specific size, either. They can be small, medium, or large.

  • Profitable 
  • Multi-purposed
  • High-end fiber

Cashmere Breed Characteristics

Origin: Mongolia
Conservation Status: Not protected
Size: Usually small-medium but varies
Height: Any
Weight: 60-80 lbs, varies
Care: High
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Purpose: Fiber, meat
Temperament: Alert, wary, and calm
Cost: $500

10. Alpine: Elegant and Charismatic

Alpine goats are renowned for being quieter than some other breeds. They’ll still make a bit of fuss when they need to, but most Alpines aren’t talkative. Alpines often have low-pitched, soft voices.

Alpines are quite clownish, which makes them entertaining for owners and children. They’re extremely intelligent, charming, and sweet. In addition, they have a graceful conformation and produce high-quality milk. In short, Apines are suitable for almost any homestead or farm!

  • Does are excellent mothers
  • Longevity
  • Easy to bond with

Alpine Breed Characteristics

Origin: Swiss Alps
Conservation Status: Least concern
Size: Medium-large
Height: 30-32 inches
Weight: 130-170
Care: Low
Lifespan: 10-18 years
Purpose: Dairy
Temperament: Sweet, curious, friendly
Cost: $200-$800
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Callie is an alpine goat

Noisiest Goat Breeds: Don’t Get These Goat Breeds for Suburban Life

There are quiet goat breeds…and then there are particularly loud breeds. Here are three notoriously loud goat breeds.

Nubian: Chatty Cathy

“BAAAAAA!” our Nubian weanling Flash cried nonstop. Our closest neighbor called within minutes. “I thought I heard screaming! Are you okay?”

Nubian goats have a widespread reputation as an extremely noisy, talkative breed. If you have one, you will undoubtedly experience a situation similar to the one outlined above. Some neighbors won’t be as worried as ours was, however. 

This breed isn’t ideal for lovers of peace and quiet, but they do have several noteworthy attributes. First, Nubian goats are excellent dairy goats, producing around 8-9 lbs of high-quality milk daily. Nubians are also lovable and beautiful goats with incredibly friendly personalities.

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Chatty Cathy is a Nubian goat

Pygmy: Notorious Fun

Pygmy goats are adored by just about everyone. Even people who dislike goats are won over by this miniature breed. However, Pygmy goats are loud. Although they have soft voices, they’ll typically bleat all day. 

Nigerian Dwarf: Kid-Friendly

As amazing as Nigerian Dwarf goats are, they aren’t typically known as a “quiet” breed. They bleat quite loudly whenever they spot you, at feeding time, if the weather isn’t to their fancy, and over almost everything else. 

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Why Are Goats Noisy?

Pay attention to the sounds your goats make! You should ask yourself a few questions if your goats begin bleating out of the blue:

  • When did the goats begin bleating?
  • Is it different than normal?
  • Has their routine changed recently?

The effort may not seem worth it, but you can prevent and identify many problems by being so attentive.

Communication With Herd

Screaming ensues once you separate a goat from the herd. Mothers and kids, in particular, will bleat when they aren’t together, as well as bonded goats. Goats are the most comfortable in each other’s company. They hate getting separated.

If you have to separate your goat, leave his buddy within sight. You may be able to take goats two at a time, depending on why you’re separating them. This will help prevent and alleviate their separation anxiety.

However, goats quarantined due to a contagious illness must stay isolated to protect the rest of the herd. 

On the flipside, some goats are disgruntled when you add another goat to the herd. This disrupts the herd harmony until they all adjust to the newcomer.

Pain or Inflammation

One day I noticed my Nigerian Dwarf goat, Wilson, limping around the field and making pitiful sounds. We checked his hoof, and sure enough, he had a twig caught in there that we easily removed, solving the problem. 

Admittedly, Wilson is melodramatic. Nevertheless, your goat might be in serious pain if he’s screaming or even whimpering softly. Check your goat over for signs of pain or inflammation. 

Illness

Goats suffering from an illness may be extremely loud. If you suspect this, immediately quarantine the affected goat from the herd and call your veterinarian.

Boredom

Boredom is a goat’s enemy! It’s perhaps one of the most common reasons why goats are so noisy – and more destructive. Goats are extremely inquisitive, playful, and intelligent animals that need to keep their minds and bodies active! 

Install some toys and enrichment items throughout your goat’s pen to bounce on and play with. Some old tires, pallets to climb on, exercise balls, and even wooden teeter-totters are all great ideas. Your goats will thank you for it – and so will your ears!

Loneliness

I recently heard about a goat who is kept as a house pet. The owner works outside her home throughout the day. Plus, there are no other companions for this goat to play with. The goat screams all day and destroys furniture in the house as a result of loneliness, anxiety, and boredom.

This is a horrible scenario for any goat, but unfortunately, it happens. Goats are social animals that are meant to live in companionable herds, with space to roam and play. They don’t do well by themselves. Never keep one goat alone! They’re happier and healthier in numbers, so always keep at least two.

Hunger or Thirst 

Goats will often let you know when they think it’s feeding time, and they’ll be vocal about it. They thrive on routines and structure, so you can be certain your goats will quickly catch on to your feeding schedule. Baby goats (kids) will also cry when they’re hungry for their mother’s milk (or substitute milk).

They also complain when their water is running low. It’s important to keep your goats adequately hydrated! Check your buckets or trough every few hours, and more frequently in the summer and winter to prevent dehydration.

Breeding Season

During breeding season, both bucks in rut and does in heat may be extremely loud. Bucks often “blubber,” which may strike you as peculiar. This is true of almost every breed. 

Breeding season makes goats crazy – sometimes even wethers, too! This is a normal behavior and there usually isn’t anything to worry about.

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Wethers can be noisy during breeding season

Tips to Reduce Noisy Goats

Goats are naturally vocal animals. You can’t train them to be quiet. The best thing is to pay attention to your goats and fulfill their needs. 

If you aren’t prepared to deal with the noise, you may do better with a quieter animal, such as rabbits or quail.

Keep Your Goats Busy

Goats are intelligent animals that will get into trouble if they aren’t active. Provide toys and other enrichment items in their pasture. 

We also cut evergreen tree branches (and occasionally whole evergreen trees) for our goats to keep busy with. Avoid poisonous hemlock and yew. Spruce and fir trees are the best choices for goats.

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Don’t Reward Goats for Bleating

If you rush out to meet your goats at the gate with food in hand every time they make a fuss, they’ll learn to keep doing it. Why? Because they’ve learned that they get rewarded with a yummy treat for bleating! In this case, you’ve accidentally conditioned them to continue bleating.

You should check on your goats when they’re bleating, but avoid giving them treats every time. 

Keep a Schedule So Your Goats Can Predict What’s Next

Try scheduling both the time you feed your goats and the amount of time you spend with them. Your goats will appreciate a predictable routine. This may not prevent them from bleating for food or attention altogether, but it should be limited to a particular time of day.

Don’t Give Sweet Feed to Your Goats

Goats love the taste of sweet feed. Unfortunately, this results in a sugar crash and…whining for more sweet feed. Avoid feeding your goats a diet high in sugar. You can also try feeding them grain only once a day or cutting out grain completely. Goats should eat primarily hay and grass

Don’t Bottle-Feed Kids If You Want Quiet Goats

Some goat owners and breeders hypothesize that bottle-fed kids are louder than kids who nurse their dams naturally. Bottle-fed kids imprint on humans rather than other goats, so they become extra needy when they’re older.

This isn’t the case in my herd, but you may find it’s true for your goats. If possible, avoid bottle-feeding your kids. 

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Don’t Keep Bucks

Don’t keep a buck if you don’t need one or your buck might hurt (or accidentally impregnate) other goats. You can castrate your young bucklings instead, or simply purchase wethers and does.

Bucks are often much louder than wethers and does, even if they belong to a quiet breed. And while some bucks are extremely affectionate, many others can pose a safety risk to your other animals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the friendliest goat breeds? LaMancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Alpine, and Nigerian Dwarf are among the most friendly goat breeds. Most goats are friendly, however, especially if they’re well-socialized from a young age. 

What are the most active goat breeds? Pygmy goats are notorious for their never-ending energy. Moroccan and Boer goats are two of the best domestic goat breeds for climbing!

Are goats good for kids? Children can learn many life lessons from goats! However, there are several safety precautions you should take if you want your children around goats. Individual goats known for headbutting shouldn’t be anywhere near young children. Bucks may also pose a risk to kids, especially when they’re in rut. Lastly, you should teach your kids how to behave around goats in a calm, gentle manner.

Are goats easy to raise? Goats are extremely easy to raise if you have the right conditions. They have great personalities, minimal needs, typically adapt easily, and are generally hardy. Check out this guide on how to raise goats!

Quietest Goat Breeds Ranking Chart

Top 10 Quietest Goat Breeds Quiet Rating (1-5) 5 is Quietest Key Strengths & Uses
Oberhasli Goat ✮✮✮✮✮ Excellent Milk and Meat goat
Angora Goat ✮✮✮✮✮ Docile, Fine Fiber Wool
Myotonic Goat ✮✮✮✮✮ Fun, Fainting Pets
Saanen Goat ✮✮✮✮ Does are quiet, Milk
LaMancha Goat ✮✮✮✮ Great with kids, Milk
Golden Guernsey Goat ✮✮✮✮ Heardy, Easy Milk Goats
Toggenburg Goat ✮✮✮✮ Milk especially great for cheese
Boer Goat ✮✮✮ Meat, Gentle with kids
Cashmere Goat ✮✮✮ Cashmere wool 
Alpine Goat ✮✮✮ Excellent mothers
Nubian Goat Excellent milkers
Pygmy Goat Minature goat
Nigerian Dwarf Excellent pets

This chart shows the quietest and noisiest goat breeds according to how quiet they are. 5 stars represent the quietest breeds, while one star represents the noisiest goat breeds. 

Conclusion

Goats are vocal animals. You’ll learn to love the sounds they make – it’s often an “acquired taste” for many people. But never ignore the sounds your goats make!

MacKayla Townsend

I am a tea-fueled freelance writer, homesteader, and equestrian living in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, where I've devoted 8+ years to raising and rescuing horses, goats, poultry, sheep, peafowl, and rabbits. I love helping others on their homesteading journey to give their animals wonderful, healthy lives. When I'm not writing, I can often be found training my horses in liberty, creating unique flower jellies, and relishing country life with a cup of tea in hand.

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