The Rove is one of the oldest goat breeds to be bred and domesticated in France, although the breed did not originate in the country. Historical accounts say the breed was brought over by the Phoenicians, although the French were responsible for creating the distinct look that\'s present today through a millennia of selective breeding. The breed\'s name comes from the Le Rove village in Marseille, where the breed can commonly be found.
The Rove\'s most distinct characteristic is its long, sturdy, twisted horns which are shaped like lyres. These horns can grow up to 1.2 metres in length in adult goats. Although the goat breed can come in a variety of colors, it can be distinguished from other breeds from the tiny markings under its eyes and nose.
During the course of its breeding efforts, the Rove almost became extinct, because they were primarily bred for their meat. However, goat meat is not popular in France, so their main purpose was switched to milk-making. The milk they produce is creamier and thicker compared to other goat breeds. However, Rove goats are not the best milk-producers, and can only give up to 600 liters of milk a year. However, the breed slowly repopulated and there are now over 5,000 Rove goats in France. To this day, the breed is protected by the Association de Defense des Caprins du Rove.