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rnrnNigerian Dwarf Goats are miniaturerndairy goats from West African. They were originally brought to the UnitedrnStates on ships as food for large cats such as lions, the survivors originallyrnlived in zoos. Nigerian Dwarf goats are popular as pets and family milkers duernto their easy maintenance and small stature. However, because of their highrnbutterfat, they are also used by some dairies to make cheese.

rnrnNigerian Dwarf Goats arernregistered by the American Dairy Goat Association, the American Goat Society,rnand the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association.

rnrnThere are two different heightrnstandards for the Nigerian Dwarf goat. The height standard maintained by thernAmerican Goat Society and the American Dairy Goat Association requires does tornbe less than 22.5 inches (57 cm) at the withers, and bucks to be less than 23.5rninches (60 cm) at the withers. The Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association states doesrnshould ideally be 17–19 inches (43–48 cm) in height, with a maximum allowedrnheight of 21 inches (53 cm), and bucks should ideally be 19–21 inches (48–53rncm), with a maximum allowed height of 23 inches (58 cm).

rnrnNigerian Dwarf Goats come in manyrncolors: white, black, red, cream and patterns such as buckskin (brown with arnblack cape over the head and neck along with other black markings) andrnchamoisee (similar to an Oberhasli goat), with or without white spots. Somernhave white "frosting" on the ears. Although most are naturallyrnhorned, generally breeders disbud them at a young age (usually less than 2rnweeks of age) for safety to the goat, its herd mates, and humans. Some NigerianrnDwarf goats have blue eyes, which is a dominant trait in goats.

rnrnNigerian Dwarfs give a surprisingrnquantity of milk for their size. Their production ranges from one to 8 poundsrnof milk per day, with an average of 2.5. Since Nigerians breed year-round, itrnis easy to stagger freshenings (births) in a herd so the entire herd is neverrndry. Thus, they are ideal milk goats for most families. Their milk has a higherrnbutterfat content than milk from full-sized dairy goats, averaging 6.5%rnaccording to the American Dairy Goat Association. Later in lactation, butterfatrncan go up to 10% or even higher. This makes Nigerian Dwarf goat milk excellentrnfor cheese and soap making.

rnrnNigerian dwarf goats' small sizernalso makes them excellent "visitor" animals for nursing homes andrnhospitals. Some goat supply houses even sell small harnesses and tiny wagonsrnthat fit Nigerian dwarf goats. As with all goats, does or neutered malesrn(wethers) make the best pets, as bucks can have an objectionable odor. NigerianrnDwarfs, especially does and wethers, do well with children. Nigerian dwarfsrnalso are easy birthers with very few birthing problems.

rnrnNigerian Dwarf goats are gentlernand easily trainable. This, along with their small size and colorfulrnappearance, makes them popular as pets. Some breeders bottle-feed kids, which makesrnthem more bonded with humans. Others prefer to let their mothers raise themrnnaturally, finding bottle-fed kids to be overly clingy. With either method,rnthey can be very friendly and can easily be trained to walk on a leash and somernenjoy coming into the house with their owners. Adult goats should not live inrnthe house, however, because as ruminants, they need to spend a large part ofrnthe day eating hay, pasture, or browse, and not eating the couch!rnrn

Nigerian Dwarf Goats Associations


American Goat Society, inc. American Goat Society, inc. - www.AmericanGoatSociety.com


International Dairy Goat Registry - International Fiber Breed Registry - www.idgr-ifbr.com


Miniature Dairy Goat Association Miniature Dairy Goat Association - www.miniaturedairygoats.net


Nigerian Dairy Goat Association Nigerian Dairy Goat Association - www.ndga.org


The American Dairy Goat Association - www.adga.org


The Canadian Goat Society The Canadian Goat Society - www.goats.ca


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