The animals are well adapted to the local mountainous environment.
It is the most common goat in the Alps, particularly in Piedmont around the Verbano and in the Cuneo province; in Lombardia in the provinces of Como and Sondrio (Valtellina and Valchiavenna).
Height at the withers:
- Male: 75-80 cm
- Female: 65-70 cm
- Male: 60-65 kg
- Female: 50-55 kg
It presents a large variety of sizes, of morphological characteristics (plain or pied coat, variously coloured white, black or brown; ears with different shape and bearing) and variously productive. The average yearly milk production is 400-600 kg. Milk is entirely given to kids or mixed with other kinds of milk to make typical cheese varieties (Toma, Raschera, Bra, Robiola).Meat production comes from kids weighing 10-12 kg alive.
Alpina comune (photo Luigi Brambilla)
Alpina di Novara (photo Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia)