The Tennessee Fainting goat is known by a number of names such as Stiff-leg, Nervous, Wooden-leg, and Scare Goat. They are generally a medium size breed. Their breed type is determined by distinctive head and facial features along with body conformation and an inherited muscle condition called myotonia congenita.

This inherited trait leads to an increase in their overall muscle mass. Young animals should show visible signs of increased muscle mass and this increased muscle mass becomes more apparent as the animal matures.

Fainting goats should be stocky, with obvious width for height. Their body is full, wide, and deep with heavy muscling evident throughout. They are alert, good-natured animals with a conformation that is smooth and functional.

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