Breed Standard

American and Purebred Miniature LaMancha


The LaMancha is the only breed developed in America, making it is a truly "made in America breed". The Mini-LaMancha is well known for their docile, even temperament and a steady production of fairly high butterfat.  The face is straight and with the ears being the most distinguishing characteristic of the Mini-LaMancha. The ears are either “Gopher” which lack cartilage but do have a ring of skin around the auditory canal or the "Elf" which has some cartilage and should be no longer than an inch long.  In does, both ear types are equally accepted but bucks must have "Gopher" ears to be registered.

Any combination of color is acceptable.

Maximum height: Does 28” Bucks 29”

Evaluation of Defects


Anything but gopher ears on bucks

Ears other than true LaMancha type on does


Examples of defects:

Upright ears (not true LaMancha):

For more detailed information on MiniMancha ears click here.

To understand the genetics behind ears and how to consistently get correct ears, click here.

Examples of Correct Ears in MiniManchas:

Gopher ears.  Ideal for does and the only allowed ears for bucks (registered American or Purebred):

Elf Ears - Correct for does, but not for bucks:

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