Photograph Requirements

Photographs are required on all goats being registered in the Grade and Experimental categories and all sheep breeds. Photographs are also required on the first generation entering the American and Purebred category. Photographs are also required for any rare or developing breed and may be required for goats coming from other registries. Color prints are preferred, but black-and-white will also be accepted; Good clear computer printouts will also be accepted. You may also submit photos online, via email, or on a CD. Please make sure that your photos are always clearly marked with the goat's name and the breeder/owner's name. We encourage all breeders to send in photographs of their goats with each application even when not required and to update photographs of animals registered before 1 year of age. These pictures can be included on their registration certificate.


When taking pictures the animal should be standing on level ground with its head up. It is preferred to have a plain background to best evaluate the goat. Photographs should be taken at "goat-level" (i.e. crouch to eye level with goat). The photo should portray the full body in profile. It is particularly important to adequately demonstrate the head profile and ear carriage. Try to be fairly close while still capturing the full body of the animal. Full sunlight provides the best illumination. Try to avoid taking pictures when the goat is scrunched up, struggling to get away, or running. Below are a few examples of good photographs and poor photographs.


Do not edit your pictures! (except something like turning them) Any pictures that show any signs of having been edited or photo-shopped will not be accepted!

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