The Mountain Goat Personality

Portrait of a Mountain Goat Personality

Scientific Name

Oreamnos americanus

Collective Term

A trip of mountain goats

"Put silk on a goat and it is still a goat" ~Irish saying

Mountain goat personalities are very much loners. Observing the goings-on from their unique perch, they are consummate voyeurs and when mingling with other terrestrial animal personalities they feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. After brief forays into their world, they must return to their place of security.

Balance is a critical component of a mountain goat's life, and they are moderate in every facet of their behavior. With conservative family values, their politics are middle of the road, and their even-keeled life has similar characteristics to that of their cousin the sheep. However, there's an air of eccentricity about a mountain goat, and this is reflected in their unusually decorated homes.

A creature of gossip, mountain goats subscribe to the rumor mill that includes tabloid magazines and TV shows in an attempt to better understand the world of the terrestrial personalities. They love to watch soap operas and other shows depicting the tumult of human relationships. With this affin-ty for intrigue and gossip, they would make a great movie critics, writers, hairdressers or tabloid journalists.

If you're looking for a scout guide or hiking partner, this sure-footed beast is an ideal choice. However, its talents as a leader are suspect. Because of its solitary existence, it does not have the insight into human behavior that is required for leadership. Mountain goats are not risk takers and need to feel solid ground beneath their feet before making any major decision. Mia Farrow is an exemplary mountain goat who manages to maintain her balance while snakes and rock-falls threaten to dislodge her grip on life.

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Famous Mountain Goat Personalities

Mia Farrow

Having your adopted daughter run off with your husband would drive any woman over the precipice. This is what happened to actress Mia Farrow and husband Woody Allen -- and she still managed to maintain her balance.

Sir Edmund Hillary

It took a mountain goat personality to be the first man to climb Mount Everest. The reward? Standing completely alone (with Sherpa Tenzing) on the highest point on earth for a few minutes.

Hillary Clinton

Hilary Clinton has a talent for getting out of tricky predicaments... often of her own making. Nimble, smart and able to see the big picture from her craggy perch, her skittish personality makes few friends.

Careers & Hobbies

  • Movie critic

  • Writer

  • Hair dresser

  • Journalist

  • Rock climbing

  • People watching

  • Gossiping

  • Hiking

Best Mates for a Mountain Goat

All animal personalities relate to each other differently - some better than others! Here are the three best matches for a Mountain Goat.


Nicely balanced


Together forever




A jolly combination


Sweetly romantic


Great flirts




Oh, happy day!


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Animal Matchmaker

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