This is a subspecies of the Central European Alpine chamois. It coexists on the peninsula with the Cantabrian chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra parva). Both sexes have horns of similar size, but those of the male are further apart. Their habitat is generally to be found at between 1,500 and 3,000 metres, although they live at lower levels in winter. They are social animals, forming groups of males or of females with their young. One of their dangers are the avalanches, which can trap entire herds.