Breed Standard

American and Purebred Miniature Alpines

The Mini-Alpine is an alert, gracefully hardy, animal that adapts and thrives in any climate while maintaining good health and excellent production.  The straight or slightly dished face and fine, narrow, erect ears gives it a clean appearance.  The various colors are given French name but color patterns are fine to use. Alpines with Toggenburg color AND white markings or all white are discriminated against.

Cou Blanc: White neck and front quarters and black hindquarters. They may have black or gray facial stripes.

Cou Clair: Clear neck or tan or gray with black hindquarters.

Cou Noir: Black neck and white hindquarters.

Sungau: Black with white markings such as underbody, legs and facial stripes.

Pied: Spotted or Mottled.

Chamoisee (or Chamoise for bucks) Any shade or mixture of brown, characteristic markings are a black stripe along the back, black markings on legs and black facial stripes.

Two-Tone Chamoisee: two tone brown usually with the front quarter lighter.

Broken: Any color pattern that is broken with white

Belted: Any color pattern that has a white belt.

Maximum height: Does 28" Bucks 29"


Evalutuation of Defects
Moderate Defects

Does with Toggenburg color and markings
Does that are all white

Serious Defects
Bucks with Toggenburg color and markings
Bucks with all white color


Pendulous ears



Markings on MiniAlpines
Belted - Any of the above color descriptions with a white belt that extends around the body.

Belted two-tone Chamoisee MiniAlpine photos courtesy of MilkMaidRanch

Whenever one of the patterns is broken with white should be described as a broken pattern such the Alpines below.


Broken Cou Clair

Broken Chamoisee

photos courtesy of Mill-Valley Farm

Examples of defects:

Coming soon


Examples of Color Patterns in MiniAlpines:

Cou Blanc (coo blanc) - literally "white neck" white front quarters and black hindquarters with black or gray markings on the head.

Cou Clair (coo clair) - literally "clear neck" front quarters are tan, saffron, off-white, or shading to gray with black hindquarters.

Cou Noir (coo nwah) - literally "black neck" black front quarters and white hindquarters.  Very rare in the USA.

Sundgau (sundgow) - black with white markings such as underbody, facial stripes, etc.

Pied - spotted or mottled.

Chamoisee (shamwahzay) - brown or bay characteristic markings are black face, dorsal stripe, belly, feet and legs, and sometimes a martingale running over the withers and down to the chest. Spelling for male is chamoise.

Two-Tone Chamoisee - light front quarters with brown or gray hindquarters. This is not a cou blanc or cou clair as these terms are reserved for animals with black hindquarters.

Lavender - brown with lavender cast.  Can be solid, two tone, belted, broken or with light points.

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