Benadir

  • Coat:
    white_with_red_or_black_spots
    Also called Bimal, Cherre or Tuni, the Benadirs are characterized by their long drooping ears which look similar to the other breeds in the Zaraibi of Egypt and Nubian of the Sudan. Other similar looking goats can be found in the atlas region of North Africa, western Mediterranean region. There are also some in Syria, Iraq and India.

    The Benadirs usually come with white coat color with red or black spots. They have thick skin and the hair is short and smooth but in some cases, it can be long and coarse. The ears are quite large and drooping. It can go as long as 16cm. Its ears are usually the notable characteristic as it is a teardrop shape with turned-up tips. Their horns are quite short and parallel. Their heads are large but short with a straight profile. They are also mostly bred for their milk. They produce better milk than many other goats in northern Somalia.

    Nowadays, the Benadirs is mostly bred in India. It is also found in the southern half of Somalia but at the North River Juba. It is believed that the ancestral stock of the Benadirs may have developed in India after the Indus valley civilization. It could possibly be west of India, or Iran. Then it grazed to Syria and Egypt in the west. It seems that the Benadir was developed from the many screw-horned goats that were fairly common throughout ancient India starting in the east to Libya in the west.

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