Dairy breed of great precocity and development. Its long period of lactation has been given it a massive diffusion among the goat breeds. They are large producers of milk with margins of 800-900 kg per lactation.
The breed is sensitive to excessive solar radiation and develop better in cold conditions.
Milk production: It is specialized in the production of milk. In the tropic produces from 1 to 3 kg per day; in temperate regions may reach up to 1500 kg in 300 days. In the Caribbean productions are reported of 800 kg in 250 days.
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The breed is originally from Switzerland, in the cantons of the Bernese Oberland. Saanen goats have the highest milk production, reason for which they are named "the Holstein of the goat."