Relationship between the characteristics of therapy goat and goat keeping

Kohsaku Nitta, Weiping Cheng, Toshihide Harada, Fumiko Ishizaki, Yumiko Nitta, Yumiko Miki, Hideaki Numamoto, Naotaka Yoshikawa, Yoshitaka Nobukuni, Juko Ando, Makoto Ito, Kyou Ito, Sou Ito, Yuka Nitta, Syusaku Nitta, Masato Kobayashi, Tsuneshi Sugawara, Kohji Nakabeppu, Kyouko Takebayashi, Takenori Yamanaka

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Objective: Goat-assisted therapy is widely used and recognized for the medical benefits. Design: An experimental study. Materials and Methods: Tokara, Alpine, Saanen, Shiba and Korean therapy goats (age under 11 year-old) were used. We cooperated with 6 therapy goat farms. We intercrossed Tokara male goat with Tokara, Alpine, Saanen, Shiba and Korean goats. Results: White daughter F1 hybrid backcross with Tokara father goat (white) bore white grandson and black granddaughter BC1 hybrids just 8 months after her birth. Tokara goat kept peculiar characteristics, namely colored coat, horns, supernumer-ary teats, no wattles. Discussions: Some Tokara goats are supposing Saanen breed crossing and the genetic variation differed from the native Tokara goats. Conclusions: Nevertheless, just about any breed of goat can be a therapy goat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-632
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec


  • Breeding
  • Goat keeping
  • Practice
  • Therapy goat
  • Tokara goat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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