The Damascus goat, also known as Aleppo, Halep, Baladi, Damascene, Shami, or Chami, is a breed of goat. It originated in Syria and was imported by the Antoniades family and the British into Cyprus, where it has been selectively bred. It is a good producer of both milk and meat, so has been given a high priority by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).[1][2][3][4]

Damascus goat
Other namesAleppo
UseMeat and milk

A Damascus goat named Qahr won the first prize for the "Most Beautiful Goat" title at the Mazayen al-Maaz competition in Riyadh on June 13, 2008.[5]


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  3. ^ Mavrogenis, A.; Antoniades, N.; Hooper, R. (2006), "The Damascus (Shami) goat of Cyprus", Animal Genetic Resources Information, 38 (38): 57–65, doi:10.1017/S1014233900002054
  4. ^ Al-Saef, A.M (2013-05-01), "Genetic and phenotypic parameters of body weights in Saudi Aradi goat and their crosses with Syrian Damascus goat", Small Ruminant Research, 112 (1–3): 35(4), doi:10.1016/j.smallrumres.2012.12.021, ISSN 0921-4488
  5. ^ "Beauty is in the eye of the goat watcher". SBS World News. Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-06-20.