Registered purebred and percentage Kiko Goats raised for hardiness, meat and pack goat prospects
Kopf Canyon Ranch

Pack Goats

Yes! We have pack goat prospects!​​

Kiko, Kiko/Saanen, Kiko/Alpine, and Kiko/Alpine/Oberhasli
Herd is CAE, OPPV, CL, Johnes tested negative 

This is by far our favorite part of our operation - breeding goats who will be future pack goats and trail companions!

We were goat breeders quietly going on about our business until the packing community found us and reeled us in. Kikos are still very experimental in the packing world, and we are game to be part of the experiment. It started with the sale of a few prospects, and then came the pictures of their adventures, and then packing envy...and now, we have divided the breeding program to select for packing traits, brought in new animals specifically to grow the packing program...and not to be left out, we are beginning to train our very own for the trail! 

Packing with goats may seem like a new trend, but it has been going on for thousands of years.
While the dog was the first domesticated animal,  goats weren't far behind - and well ahead of cats
or horses!  Goats are intelligent, friendly and agile, can go places that horses and mules can't,
and require little to manage them on a trail and at home.

Watch Pack Goats in Action!

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We keep a prospect notice list for those desiring kids, and send out an email as soon as a prospect is born. There is no cost to be on the prospect list, but we do require a $100 deposit to hold "pick position."  Pick position is guaranteed for 24 hrs after a birth notice is sent - to pick or pass on the prospect in the order the deposits are received. The deposit is refundable if we do not have enough qualified animals to meet the demand. Once a reservation is made, we send pictures and regular updates to the prospect's new family. Bottle babies  are available to be picked up at 10-14 days of age. Boarding costs are incurred from 14-21 days. Kids not collected by day 21 are considered abandoned, without refund of the deposit, and will be offered to the next buyer on the list,
unless by prior agreement.  Socialized weaned kids are available at 3 months of age.
You can see our does listed and pictured under "Our Goats."

​Our bottle baby prospects are started on the bottle as soon as they receive their dam's colostrum, which is essential for their health and development. They are socialized early with adults, children and other animals - dogs, cats, horses, llamas and poultry.  They begin leash training and following  as soon as they start the bottle, and even take rides in the truck. Our weanlings are given the same attention - only for longer, minus the bottle.

"Kopf Canyon  helped me select the correct kid for my purposes: bush clearing and eventual pack goat.
Even before getting our little Zorro, they helped me with a buckling I had obtained from another breeder.
As a new goat owner I had/have many questions and their replies were timely and spot-on.
Zorro has a very loving and affectionate personality. He enjoys the company of people as well as other goats and dogs.
We are looking forward to welcoming another Kopf Canyon buckling into our herd next year!
Getting a goat from Kopf Canyon is like the Nordstrom shopping experience -
strong hands-on customer service with plenty of follow-up!"

purebred Kiko pack prospect
at 5 days old
now residing in

Pack Goat  Resources:

Click on the photos to visit the links - and be sure to tell them that Kopf Canyon sent you! 

We are members of the North American Packgoat Association, which is an organization established specifically for promoting packing with goats.
The organization seeks to further the pursuit of goat packing by sharing the knowledge, ideas, and experiences of its members, by promoting the use of packgoats to the public as a means of low impact wilderness transportation and recreation.
Thier mission is to promote the common sense use and enjoyment of packgoats to improve, mentor, and encourage competency in the practice
of goat packing among interested persons; to provide communication among and to disseminate information to interested users; to promote scientific study of the caprine species, their care, welfare and training; to urge recognition of goat packing as a low impact pack stock alternative; and, to establish traditions which will aid, perpetuate, and further the welfare of
goat packing and the goats it employs.  Also find them on Facebook!

Membership in NAPGA
is a prerequisite to purchasing a prospect
from us.

Northwest Pack Goats and Supplies is a neighbor to us is Weippe, Idaho. They manufacture and sell pack goat equipment and supplies world wide, and  have been in business since 1995! Everything you need for a truly unique camping experience. Their site has great information about pack goats as well.

Looking for hiking buddies that will help carry your gear? Well, you've found them.  With Goat Pro Idaho our eager ungulates are ready to enrich your backcountry experience! Experience environmentally friendly packing that eases the load on your back, hips, and knees!   If you are under 10 or over 40,
anyone could use a lighter load. You do not need to be an experienced goat packer.

High Uinta Pack Goats has been providing the public with pack goat rental services and training programs since 1994.
Lots of information about goat packing on their page! Check out their resources. Talk to Clay about his experiences with Kiko goats on the trail!

An excellent resource with training videos and podcasts.
Site is being developed - more good things to come!