Where in the world?
Transported on ships from West Africa for food. Now in multiple countries due to popularity as excellent dairy goats.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats have slender proportions, versus pygmy goats that are just as small, but have very stalky bodies. Females, or does, are about 17-21 inches tall at the withers and weigh around 25-35 pounds. Males, or bucks, are about 19-23 inches tall and weigh 30-45 pounds. Despite their size, they can sometimes jump over 6-foot fences and require lots of room to play and climb on.
Their coats are short to medium in length with a wide variety of colors with or without white markings. The eyes can be a variety of colors, with blue being the dominant color for the breed.
Goats spend up to 14 hours a day eating mostly from bushes, grasses, and trees, but are known for eating almost anything they can get their mouths on. As ruminants, they have a stomach with 4 chambers. The first two ferment the food to turn it into cud that the goat then regurgitates, chews, and swallows so it can finish digestion in the last 2 chambers.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats are prized for their creamy, sweet milk. They can produce 1-2 quarts of milk a day with 6-10% butterfat and a higher protein than most dairy goat breeds. This gives their milk a taste that closely resembles cow’s milk and make it excellent for cheese, soap, and cream making.
Did you know?
Nigerian Dwarf Goats are friendly, very trainable, and social. In fact, they need a friend (typically another goat) to keep them company because they crave so much attention and interaction.