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 (sä′nən, zä′-)
A dairy goat of a breed developed in Switzerland, having a short-haired white or cream-colored coat.

[After Saanen, a town of southwest Switzerland.]
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Goats Exotic-sounding breeds from Saanens to Toggenburgs will join alpine, Guernsey and Anglo Nubians.
She has been breeding goats for 40 years and has British Saanens, British Toggenburgs and British goats.
Dr Rafiq said Saanens have usually uniform white colour, is of large size,vitality, herd compatibility and have eager to please temperament.
In Ffermio next week Daloni Metcalfe visits the farm to meet Nigel and Rhian and see their herd - a mixture of British Saanens, Toggenburgs and Anglo-Nubians, which hey cross with British Alpines for productivity.
Saanens have erect ears, most are polled, and both does and bucks may have beards (see Figure 12-29).
There will be classes for all the breeds of dairy goats - Saanens and British Saanens, Toggenburgs and British Toggenburgs, British Alpines, Golden and British Guernsey and other varieties - and a number of demonstrations relating to goat keeping will be staged during the weekend.
I have had milking Alpines and Saanens for five years.
Some breeders have introduced color into their Saanen herds; these colored Saanens are called Sables.
The herd - made up of Toggenburgs, Alpines, Saanens, Anglo-Nubians and crosses - now runs to 120 goats.
There are more than 200 different goat breeds worldwide; six primary breeds dominate the dairy goat arena: Alpines, Oberhaslis, Saanens, Toggenburgs, LaManchas and Nubians.
Alpines are tied with Saanens for the breed that produces the most milk; they average almost 2,000 pounds of milk (more than 3 quarts a day) over a 305-day lactation with 3.
com> Award winning Alpines, Saanens & LaManchas.