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The Toggenburg has been a recognized purebred breed in Canada since 1917, having come from the Toggenburg Valley in Europe where the breed is centuries old. The goats are generally smaller than other Swiss breeds, but can be just as productive. They are widely known as good winter milkers.

The colour pattern of the Toggenburg is strictly enforced: a solid brown coat with white stripes on the face, white triangular patch on either side of the tail, and white below hocks and knees. No white spots of significant size are allowed.