Gender issue: should you say “la chèvre” (the goat) or “le chèvre”? Well, it depends on what you want to say. The animal is designated using the feminine “la”. We use “le chèvre” when we talk about goat cheese. It is simply a quicker way of saying “le fromage de chèvre”. So “manger du chèvre” is very different from “manger de la chèvre” in which case you’re eating goat meat, not goat cheese.