Fainting Goat Characteristics
Myotonia is not the only characteristic of this breed. Just because a goat displays myotonia does not mean it is a fainting goat. Myotonic goats are a medium size goat compared to other breeds. There is no one color or hair length that is specific for the breed. However, the original fainting goats were said to be black and white but there is nothing documented to prove this. This breed can be horned or polled (naturally hornless). Some of the important characteristics specific to the breed are the facial features (eyes, ears, and muzzle) and the body conformation.
Eyes: Many of these goats have eyes that appear to protrude from the socket "bug eyes". It is the structure of the bone that causes the eyes to look this way. The eyes are also wide apart and often more forward than other breeds.
Ears: There are three types of ears that are acceptable to the breed standard. However, all ears are medium in length and width and are horizontal from the side of the head but turned slightly forward "airplane ears".
Head/Muzzle: The head of the myotonic goat is short to medium length but fairly straight. The muzzle is medium in length and wider, flatter and more rounded than other breeds.