Goats are one of the most ancient animals. Scientists find references to them in ancient myths. It is known that these animals were cultivated more than 9000 years ago. But even today their popularity is still high among many nations of the world. At the same time, both females and males are bred successfully. Just about the difference between a goat and a goat, we'll talk now.
Udder - the main sign of sexual dimorphism
Goats, like many other domestic animals, have a pronounced sexual dimorphism. However, since the goat is mostly used as a dairy animal, the udder is the main difference for us. In females in the first birthdays, two nipples between the hind legs are already well felt. With age, it becomes more voluminous and larger.
Most European goats breed the udder is well developed, consists of two lobes, has a pear-shaped form with two nipples. The shape and development of this part of the body is directly dependent on the milking and maintenance of the animal. However, a form that is different from the norm cannot be a signal of poor animal productivity. Sometimes, it can be just individual.
Another important sex trait is body size. A goat has a more massive body, with well-developed muscles, most often has a thick and long hair. The goat has a bigger head, but is proportional to the rest of the body.. Obrosly legs, beard, more powerful hooves, saber horns - this also applies to signs of difference. It is important to note that many goats also have horns, but they are usually smaller in length than in males.
The horns of both males and females can be of different shapes: flat, laid back, cylindrical, or directed to the sides. As for the beard, it is also sometimes present in goats. Also, females sometimes have "earrings" on the bottom of the head. Such a decoration in nature serves as a kind of salvation from predators. If, for example, a predator clings to the neck, then if it’s unsuccessful, it can only get one earrings.
A very common opinion on how to distinguish a goat from a goat is the smell. The fact is that most often in the westerly period, that is, in the fall, the males have a very sharp specific odor. They say that goats with dark wool smell stronger than light ones. And some especially "temperamental" individuals emit this smell throughout the year.
At the same time, the goats are becoming more aggressive, stubborn, restless. They often strive to engage in a clash, and even with a long absence, the females begin to roar loudly.
The sound that is produced, that is, the imitation of a goat and a goat differs, both in volume and in sound. In males, as a rule, the voice is more "hoarse", muffled, but at the same time rougher. And the goats scream loud and loud.
Many now may say that all these differences are good, but how to distinguish even more young goats? After all, they have neither udder, nor horn, nor long hair yet. Yes, and physique, they, as a rule, are not much different. That's just in this case it is worth checking the genitals of animals. To do this, hold the palm across the abdomen and between the hind legs, feel for either two milkings, or a small bag of testes. Under the tail of goats, the genital slit at the bottom of the anus is well visible.
If this method did not help you, just see how the little ones go to the toilet "in a small way". The kid just puts the rear legs and as if a little lowers the lower back down. In this case, a trickle is seen somewhere from the tummy. And the goats, squatting the hind legs, squat, squatting out from under the tail. It is so easy to distinguish the female from the male among the goats.