The Bagot is a white goat with black head and neck. It is usually small or medium sized. It has a large black horn that sweeps upwards. The colors of the Bagots can vary but they are predominantly white.
Formerly an untamed breed, it can be found at Blithfield Hall, Staffordshire, England. Considered as one of the rarest and oldest goat breeds in Britain, the Bagots history can be traced back to the 1380s. They were thought to be brought to England by the crusaders and was said that they were given by King Richard II of England to John Bagot of Blithfield to honor his good hunting days in Blithfield during the kings visit; hence, the name.
In 1998, there were 200 breeding females in the United Kingdom. In 2010, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust announced the Bagot as a critically endangered breed because there were less than a hundred registered Bagot breeding females left. In 2012, however, they were classed as vulnerable.
Unlike other breeds of goats, the Bagots are not bred for any commercial purpose. Their breed is not suitable for meat or milk production that is why very few breeders choose to breed them. In fact, they do not produce that much milk compared to other dairy goat breeds. In addition, the Bagots are highly strung and this characteristic actually interferes with the milking. They are not suitable for domestication and are considered a very wild breed that can be compared to a deer. They are usually let loose or scattered around large enclosed areas like a deer park.
The Bagots are resilient and a tough breed. Some of them have been released around the UK to roam freely and to produce independent herds. In that way, it would help in preserving the endangered breed.