Pygmy Goats: A Perfect Goat Breed for Small Farms


A great general-purpose goat for small farms, a pygmy goat is a small, friendly breed that can be a great pet — and only a few of them are needed for a constant supply of fresh milk to the table. Despite their small size, pygmies can give 1 or 2 quarts of milk per day. Their milk is of exceptional quality and value. Being not bigger than a small dog, these goats require minimum shelter and care.

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Their small size and good nature make them attractive dairy goats; and they require less space and feed than ordinary goats, and are suitable for smaller farms in urban and suburban settings. They are also often kept as pets just for the pleasure of companionship. They are good foragers which makes their milk very nutritious and tasty. Their milk has a very high butterfat content, which makes them preferred for the production of soaps, creams and other high-fat goat milk products.

Pygmy goats are quite tame and very friendly so they can be let out of their pen for eating: grass, shrubs, weeds, herbs, and leaves. They are an easy goat to raise and have a tame and pleasant character. Pygmy goats are active and entertaining and if they are constructed some obstacles in their pen, they could provide hours of entertainment.

History and Origin of Pygmy Goats

The pygmy goats are an American breed of achondroplastic goats. It is small, compact and stockily built. Like the Nigerian dwarf, it comes from the West African dwarf group of West Africa. Around 1930 to 1960, this type of animals was imported into the United States for zoos and researches; some were later kept as companion animals and established as a breed in 1975. It can also be known as a pygmy or an African pygmy. This is a completely different and separate breed from the British Pygmy breed.

Goat Housing

If you're looking for pets for your garden or want more animals for your farm, pygmy goats are a good idea. Of course, they need special care, but once you know what they need, it's not difficult to look after them. If you provide a suitable shelter, they can actually live in most climatic conditions.

How many pygmy goats to keep. Like all goats, pygmies are herd animals and will not be happy if kept alone. If you keep a pygmy goat as a pet, they will be very bored. So, I very recommend to buy at least two goats. Keeping them with other goats or even with dogs will help to satisfy social needs.

1/18/2021 6:02:40 AM

Thank you very much! This article is amazing. I found lots of interesting and useful stuff. This article is great for anyone who is interested in learning new ideas and tips on sustainable living. Thanks again!

Jim Baker
12/24/2020 6:42:13 AM

Thanks!!! So much!!!! Very useful info. I keep several of them at my farm in Kentucky. This is one of the most useful articles on pygmies I have seen on the mac.

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