The breed\'s name is derived from the term Jamna Par, which refers to the river Jamna in India\'s Uttar Pradesh region. Compared to other goat breeds, the Jamnapari is a dying breed, with only less than 5000 goats left in India and Asia. This is why the country has exported the goat to other countries in an effort to cross breed it with other breeds. The Jamnapari is the largest breed of goat in India, and the country has now redoubled its efforts in breeding, conserving and improving the breed.
The breed is most commonly domesticated for its milk and meat. Jamnapari does produce an average of 200kg of milk for every lactation cycle, which lasts 191 days. However, the main reason why the breed has limited numbers is because it is well-known for its meat. Jamnapari meat is said to be low in cholesterol, which has made it a delicacy. This may be due to the goat\'s diet. Unlike other breeds, which prefer ground grazing, Jamnapari goats feed on tree leaves, shrubs and bushes.
While goats of this breed have white coats with tan patches, it can also come in other colors like brown, black and gray. They are said to have parrot-like appearances due to their convex noses. Both sexes of the breed have horns and long ears that droop to the side. They are long-legged and are short-haired, except for the rear area, where they have a long growth of fur.