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.
Maximum height: Does 28" Bucks 29"
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
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
Broken: Any color pattern that is broken with white
Belted: Any color pattern that has a white belt.
Evalutuation of Defects
Does with Toggenburg color and markings
Does that are all white
Bucks with Toggenburg color and markings
Bucks with all white color
|Markings on MiniAlpines
- 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.
photos courtesy of Mill-Valley Farm
Examples of defects:
|Examples of Color Patterns in
(coo blanc) - literally "white neck"
white front quarters and black
hindquarters with black or gray markings
on the head.
(coo clair) - literally "clear neck"
front quarters are tan, saffron,
off-white, or shading to gray with black
Cou Noir (coo
nwah) - literally "black neck" black
front quarters and white hindquarters.
Very rare in the USA.
- black with white markings such as
underbody, facial stripes, etc.
Pied - spotted or
- 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
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
- brown with lavender cast. Can be
solid, two tone, belted, broken or with