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Monday, March 02, 2015
@ AnimalsMammalsNigerian Dwarf Goat


Two major dwarf goat breeds can be found in the United States; the Nigerian Dwarf and the African Pygmy. These breeds share a common genetic origin in the variable population of small African goats imported to the U.S. between the 1930s and 1950s. Used originally as exhibits in zoos, over time these goats have become great companion animals.

The Nigerian Dwarf breed originated from the same genetic foundation as the African Pygmy, but these goats have been selected to resemble miniature dairy goats with slender bodies. Nigerian dwarf goats vary in size. Males can grow up to 23 inches tall and does to no more than 21 inches. Main color families of the Nigerian dwarf include black, white, chocolate, red and gold. Random white markings and spots are common, as well as other color combinations. Nigerian Dwarf goats have short, straight horns, which are regularly removed by the goats’ owners for the safety of both the goats and the people in contact with them.


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