British Toggenburg Goat small sized character jug produced by Quail Ceramics of the Midlands, England, circa 2020. In the Toggenburg region of St. Gallen, Switzerland, in the valley of the jagged Churfirsten mountains, the local goats had shaggy dark coats, often with white patches. In the nineteenth century, interest in defining regional breeds led to selection for color and markings. Local goats are thought to have been crossed with the neighboring white Appenzell and bay/black Chamois-colored goats. By 1890, the Toggenburg breed was recognized and a herdbook opened. Color, markings, conformation, and polled traits were further selected during the twentieth century to produce the distinctive appearance we know today.