AFGO Score Card




The score card is the judge’s guide to help ensure that all champions meet the breed standard and have the best characteristics possible. These are the goats that will represent the Fainting goat breed. All goats, even your champions, will have slight faults. AFGO understands that. Faults may range from so minor that they are hardly noticeable, or they may be so extreme that they seriously impair function.


Serious faults, especially those which will greatly impact the animal’s usefulness, or keep the animal from reproducing or accurately representing their breed, have to be considered disqualifications due to their seriousness.


Moderate faults are those which move away from the ideal traits desired for the breed. A good example would be a goat that is weak in the pasterns. Points will be deducted for moderate faults.


Slight (minor) faults are those that are hardly noticeable. All goats will have some minor faults. Points will be deducted at the judge’s discretion.


1. General Appearance (15 points)


A. The animal is clean.


B. The animal is groomed and in its natural coat. (All length hair is acceptable) (The exhibitor may choose to shave their goat).


C. Hooves are trimmed.


D. Exhibitor demonstrates respect for the judge, the other exhibitors and their goats.


E. Goat appears to be in good overall health.


F. Appropriate for age.


G. Any colors or patterns acceptable.


H. Appropriate to breed specifics.


Disqualifying Faults: Not breed specific, curly hair, open wounds (minor scrapes are allowed), any contagious diseases noted.




2. Head (20 points) The head is where most of the distinguishing characteristics are found.


A. Short to medium in length. Broad.


B. Slightly concave (dished) to straight profile.


C. Ears should be of medium width and length. May display a ripple or wave about mid-way down the ear. Ears should not flop unless they are still a very young goat and the ear cartilages are just not strong enough to hold them erect. This will be tolerated in the 0-6 month’s classes.


D. Ears should be carried slightly upward or horizontal. Should give an alert expression.


E. Wattles are acceptable.


F. Eyes prominent and obvious. Set wide apart. All colors are acceptable.


G. Animal may be polled, disbudded, or horned. The horn set should be well developed with an inch or more between the horns. Scurs are sometimes unavoidable and have nothing to do with the goat’s ability to reproduce or be useful, so goats will not be disqualified for scurs, however, some judges may deduct points for their general appearance. 


H. Muzzles are broad and slightly round.


I. Jaws are nicely formed. Bite is even, (neither overshot nor undershot).


Disqualifying Faults: Roman nose, pendulous ears, ears that lie close to the head, triangular shaped ears, blindness, crooked face.




3. Muscling & conditioning (15 points)


A. Well-balanced and well-blended.


B. Carries more muscling when compared to other breeds of the same size.


C. Goats in proper conditioning. (Goats that are either over or under conditioned are not considered a healthy goat and should not represent the breed)


Disqualifying Faults: Serious emaciation or massively over conditioned.




4. Legs & Feet (15 points)


A. Legs tightly attached to the body.


B. Straight and showing good bone density.


C Pasterns short and straight.


D. Feet proportional to the goat, strong and well-shaped.


E. Feet symmetrical with good heel depth.


F. Good movement.


Disqualifying Faults:  Permanent lameness (not disqualified for accidental quiking of the hooves), malformed feet.




5. Neck & Chest (10 points)


A. Chest is moderately broad.


B. Neck of moderate length attaching nicely into the withers and shoulder.


C. Does show a refined feminine look.


C. Bucks reveal a more masculine feature.




6. Back, Barrel and Rump (10 points)


A. Ribs well sprung.


B. Back straight and of medium length.


C. Strong level topline.


D. Back is well muscled showing good depth.


E. Rump has slight downward angle when viewed from the side.


F. Rump is wide and strong.


G. Pin bones slightly lower than the hips.


H. Tail nicely set and tapered.




7. Female Characteristics (15 points)


 All standard size goats 3 years and older must have  freshened at least once in order to continue to show. 


We will NOT have a freshened class for our miniature does. Some members have the miniature goats as a pet or novelty animal and do not wish to breed. This will allow those members to show and have fun without the obligation of owning breeding stock. This will also hold true for our Hippie goats. They can be either freshened or not.


A. 2 teats.


B. No spurs.


C. Free of multiple orifices.


D. Uniform in size.


E. High nicely attached udder.


F. Feminine.


Disqualifying Faults: Evidence of any inability to reproduce (Hermaphroditism), Active mastitis, non-functional udder, extra teats, fused teats, multiple orifices or spurs.


8. Male Characteristics (15 points)


A. 2 testicles of equal or near equal size.


B. Descended fully and showing firmness.


C. 2 non-functional teats.


D. Masculine appearance.


Disqualifying Faults: Evidence of any inability to reproduce (Hermaphroditism, Extra teats, and hernias.


Wethers (15 points)


A. Masculine appearance that will be somewhat less than that of a buck.


B. Breed type is nicely represented.


C. Goat is easily handled in the show ring. (We will recognize that some of the fortuity wethers may be meeting their new owners for the first time, the day of the show)


D. The mammary system will not be judged. Bucks should be wethered for things such as; extra teats, teat scurs, or a bad split scrotum. Therefore extra teats and teat scurs will not count against the wether.


Disqualifying Faults: Not showing breed type.




Hippie Goat Score Card (This is our version of the Silky goats)


 (This is a class where the long haired goats are given points toward their Superior title). (No points for this class are given toward their permanent title). 


Unlike the Miniature Silky Fainting Goat Association “MSFGA”; AFGO Hippie goats must “faint”.  AFGO believes in the highest standards possible. The AFGO Hippies score card also includes the reproductive aspect of both the bucks and the does. Extra teats will be judged the same as in any other AFGO class.


Conformation will be 70% (same conformation requirements as above) Hippie Does are not required to have freshened. Conformation is the Key and is more important than the hair coat!  

Hair coat will be 30% (overall length, condition, shine, silkiness). If conformation is equal in two goats then the hair coat would be the deciding factor. 



A miniature goat should have the same general appearance and characteristics as that of the standard size goat. Disqualifying faults are the same. Miniatures just come in a smaller package. Miniature Does will not be required to be freshened upon the age of 3 since members often purchase the miniature goats as pets and novelty only and do not wish to breed. This will allow those members to compete and have some fun!

Bucks will be 23.75″ and under

Does will be 22″ and under

All must be Certified if over 3 years of age

All under 3 years of age must be temporarily certified (having both parents registered as AFGO certified minis)

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