What is a Myotonic Goat?

A myotonic goat, also known as a Fainting Goat, has a muscle condition called myotonia congenita.  This muscle condition causes their muscles to freeze when they are startled, scared or even excited.  Some goats may just become stiff-legged, while others completely fall over.  The actual degree varies from goat to goat and also can lessen with age.  This is painless and does not harm the goat.


What are some other names for Myotonics?

They are also referred to as Tennessee Fainting Goats, Nervous Goats, Stiff-leg Goats and Wooden-Leg Goats, just to name a few.


Are they a meat or dairy goat?

They are a meat goat and can be raised for chevon (goat meat).  Their condition actually makes their meat to bone ratio higher than that of other meat breeds.  Their ratio is 3:1 instead of 2:1.


How big are Myotonics?

They are slightly smaller than standard breeds of goats.  They can weigh anywhere from 60 – 200 lbs.