In the early twentieth century, it was noticed that some individuals in large herds of Spanish meat goats had very short ears. This genetically dominant characteristic appealed to some dairy breeders, who used dairy goats of several breeds to develop the LaMancha breed.
LaManchas tend to be somewhat shorter and blockier than most other breeds of dairy goats, but are widely respected for their even temperament and steady production of fairly high fat milk. No colour or pattern is discriminated against in this breed, but ears must be short, especially in bucks.
Instead of being tattooed in the ears like other goats, LaManchas are tattooed in the bare skin on the underside of the tail.
There are two types of La Mancha ears:
1. The “gopher ear” is described as follows: an approximate maximum length of one inch (2.54 cm) but preferably nonexistent and with very little cartilage.
BUCKS MUST HAVE GOPHER EARS
2. The “elf ear” is described as follows: an approximate maximum length of two inches (5.08 cm) is allowed, the end of the ear must be turned down and cartilage shaping the small ear is allowed.
Minimum Height at Withers and Minimum Weight
Doe 28″ / 71 cm. 130 lbs./59.09 kg.
Buck 30″ / 76 cm. 160 lbs./72.72 kg..
Anything other than ears as described above.