The Oberhasli is a dairy breed of goat, originally developed in the mountains of Bern, Freiburg, Glarus, and Graubunden in Switzerland.
Oberhasli were first imported to the United States in the early 1900s, though it was not until 1936 that purebred herds were truly established and maintained. Initially called the Swiss Alpine, in 1977 the breed name Oberhasli was adopted, and registration records were separated from the Alpine breed. This evolution of the breed’s name and identity has been one reason that its population in the United States has remained fairly small.
Oberhasli are alert in appearance with a friendly, gentle disposition. Mature goats are medium in size. Bucks range in height from 30–34″, and does 28–32″, with weights of 100–150 pounds. While the does are a dependable source of milk, bucks and wethers are useful as pack animals due to their strength and calm demeanor. Some goat packers prefer Oberhaslis because they are said to be less fearful of water and other trail obstacles than are other breeds.
The breed’s color pattern is called chamoisee. Goats are brown, with hues between light tan and deep reddish brown, and have black points. Two black stripes from the eyes to the black muzzle give a distinctive facial appear