Pygmy Goats were originally
called the Cameroon Dwarf Goat since they originated in the former French
Cameroon area. They are mostly found in West African countries. Similar forms
of Pygmy goats also are found across northern Africa, southern western African
countries, and in east Africa.
The Cameroon goats were
exported from Africa to zoos in Sweden and Germany where they were on display
as exotic animals. The first Pygmys probably arrived in the United States in
1959 from Sweden.
Pygmy goats have a full
coat of straight, medium-long hair which varies in density with seasons and
climates. Most often they have a grizzled (agouti) pattern produced by
intermingling of light and dark hairs, of any color.
Pygmy Goats, as you might
guess, are a breed of miniature goats. Pygmy goats tend to be kept as pets
primarily, although they are sometimes used as milk producers and working
animals. Pygmy goats are quite hardy, an asset in a wide variety of settings,
and can adapt to virtually all climates.