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Conservation status FAO (2007): not at risk[1]
Country of origin Italy
Standard MIPAAF
Use milk
  • Male: 68 kg[2]
  • Female: 48 kg[2]
  • Male: 78 cm[2]
  • Female: 70 cm[2]
Skin color flesh-pink
Wool color white[2]
Face color white
Horn status both sexes occasionally horned
  • Goat
  • Capra aegagrus hircus

The Jonica is a breed of domestic goat from the province of Taranto, in Puglia in southern Italy.[3] The origins of the breed are uncertain; it is thought to have originated from crossing of local varieties with the Maltese breed.[2] The Jonica is one of the eight autochthonous Italian goat breeds for which a genealogical herdbook is kept by the Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia, the Italian national association of sheep-breeders.[4][5]

At the end of 2013 the registered population was 232.[6]


The annual milk yield of the Jonica goat is 350–400 litres.


  1. ^ Barbara Rischkowsky, D. Pilling (eds.) (2007). List of breeds documented in the Global Databank for Animal Genetic Resources, annex to The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 9789251057629. Accessed June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Daniele Bigi, Alessio Zanon (2008). Atlante delle razze autoctone: Bovini, equini, ovicaprini, suini allevati in Italia (in Italian). Milan: Edagricole. ISBN 9788850652594. p. 369–70.
  3. ^ Breed data sheet: Jonica/Italy. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed June 2014.
  4. ^ Le razze ovine e caprine in Italia (in Italian). Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia: Ufficio centrale libri genealogici e registri anagrafici razze ovine e caprine. p. 32. Accessed June 2014.
  5. ^ Strutture Zootecniche (Dec. 2009/712/CE - Allegato 2 - Capitolo 2) (in Italian). Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali. Section I (e). Archived 4 December 2013.
  6. ^ Consistenze Provinciali della Razza 90 Jonica Anno 2013 (in Italian). Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia: Banca dati. Accessed June 2014.