The cradle of this breed is the Saanen Valley in Switzerland. Today, it is the most known milk purpose goat breed in the world. They are characterized by strong, robust physique. Their hair is short, uniformly white in colour, some yellowish tints may occur. They have a placid temperament and bear being kept in fold well. They can be reared also with grazing technology, but they are capable of doing a really high production under intensive conditions. With appropriate raising the kids can be first mated at the age of 7 to 12 months. They have an average progeny of 1.7 per kidding. Under good conditions their milk yield can be 800-1000 kg over a lactation period of 270 to 300 days.