"This was Peter the goatherd's home"
'Boy with goat in landscape' (1858)
Public Domain'Boy with goat in landscape' (1858) - Credit: Rudolf Koller

A goatherd is a person who takes care of goats.

In Switzerland it is a tradition that animals graze on the high mountain pastures in the summer. This means that farmers either move to the higher ground to live during the summer or that they employ a herdsman.

In Heidi, Peter is employed to look after the goats during the summer months but goes to school during the winter.