The present American LaMancha was accepted as a breed for registry on January 27, 1958 with the first true LaMancha being Fay's Ernie, L-1. Approximately 200 animals were accepted as original stock. Since then, the tiny-eared dairy goats have spread throughout the country and are enjoying a surge in popularity, due largely to their dairy character, adaptability, and of course, their most well-known feature, or should we say lack of it -- no ears. (Dairy Goat Journal, January 1978).
The LaMancha goat was developed in the USA. It has excellent dairy temperament and is an all-around sturdy animal that can withstand a great deal of hardship and still produce. Through official testing this breed has established itself in milk production with high butterfat.
The LaMancha face is straight with the ears being the distinctive breed characteristic. There are two types of LaMancha ears, gopher and elf. Bucks must have gopher ears which cannot be longer that one inch to be registered. Any color or combination of colors is acceptable. The hair is short, fine and glossy.