- The Ordinary Boer Goats are animals with good meat conformation, short hair and a variety of color patterns.
- The Long Hair Boer Goats have heavy coats and coarse meats.
- The Polled Boer Goats are hornless with a less desirable confirmation.
- The Indigenous Boer Goats have long legs, variable and poor conformation and a variety of color patterns.
- The Improved Boer Goats are the primary line which breeders have been selected for.
The breed standards were first established when South African Boer Goat Breeders Association was formed in 1959. The breed standards for the improved Boer goats include conformation, head, neck and forequarters, barrel, hindquarters, legs, skin and coverings, sexual organs, size, coloring, tail, general appearance and type, and fertility.
The breed standards for Boer Goat Breeders’ Association of Australia include those descended from animals imported from Africa as fullblood Boer goats, structurally sound, able to graze and breed naturally, no physical abnormality, conformation (mouth, jaw, leg, and knee), and reproductive organs. Breed standards of American Boer Goat Association are similar to those of South African Boer Goat Breeders’ Association and include conformation, skin and covering, reproductive organs and coloration.