About the Breed
We raise Nigerian Dwarf goats because they are friendly, gentle and have playful personalities – making them the udderly perfect goat for all sizes of people. Nigerian dwarfs also produce large amounts of milk for their size that is higher in butterfat and sweeter in taste, so it is perfect for making cheeses, butter, and creams.
The Nigerian Dwarf goat is the only miniature dairy goat and have a surprising amount of milk for their size. They are of West African origin and many compare them with the Pygmy goat due to their size, but besides their size they are very different then Pygmy goats.
They are sought after due to their small size and personality. These guys are friendly, easy to handle and can be used for therapy animals, 4-H and FFA. They are known for their milk production that is usually high in butterfat (usually between 6%-10%) and can be used for drinking (similar to whole milk), cheese making and soap.
Besides their small stature, ease of care and personality an amazing plus to the breed is COLOR. All colors are acceptable and there are many different varieties within the breed. They also have moonspots, blue eyes, wattles and can be polled. So any combination of these are acceptable within the breed!
ADGA Breed Standard describes the breed as:
"The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature breed of dairy goat originating in West Africa and developed in the United States. The balanced proportions of the Nigerian Dwarf give it the appearance of the larger breeds of dairy goats, but does stand no more than 22.5" (57 cm) and bucks no more than 23.5" (60 cm). Any color or combination of colors is acceptable. The medium length ears are erect and alert. The face is either straight or dished, and the hair is short and fine.The balanced proportions of the Niger
ian Dwarf give it the appearance of the larger breeds of dairy goats, but does stand no more than 22.5" (57 cm) and bucks no more than 23.5" (60 cm). Any color or combination of colors is acceptable. The medium length ears are erect and alert. The face is either straight or dished, and the hair is short and fine."
The average lifespan of a Nigerian Dwarf goat is around 12 years. Some say 10-12 others 12-18 so it depends on the individual animal.
Height and Weight
The ideal height of a Nigerian Dwarf doe is usually around 19” to 21” with a max height of 22.5” at the withers. The bucks can have a max height of 23.5” at the withers.
Weight range is usually around 40-80 lbs which is a wide range. I have a 19” doe that weights right at 40# she is a petite doe but usually they are around 50-60 lbs.
Personality and Temperament
These guys are full of personality, each one with its own individual style. They are gentle and generally love people, but also playful and silly. They are fun to be around and are very addictive!
Some very good advice that I received when I started my herd was to make sure to ask about personality when buying a goat. I did not think that this would be an issue but there are many breeders that do not worry about socialization or they do not have the time to handle all their babies. At Country Sweet Farm, we are very active with our goats and handle our babies daily and A LOT! Babies are fun and adorable so they get lots of love along with the other goats. They are used to dogs, cats, guineas and children (lots of socialization with kids).
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