Despite its name, the Irish goat is not native to the country of Ireland. Instead, it was brought over to be domesticated and kept for its skin, milk and meat. Over time, more and more Irish goats have been released into captivity either after escaping their owners or being deliberately set free. This is why a lot of feral Irish goats can be seen in the mountainous regions of Ireland. The goat's feral counterparts have thrived in the wild because they are nimble and can manage sharp cliffs easily.
Although the domesticated and the feral versions of the breed have retained their similarities, the feral goats have shaggier hair and larger horns. Due to their long shaggy coats, these goats are comfortable with the cold weather, and can survive on grazing lands and wild shrubbery.