Nigerian Dwarf Goat Kids
Getting Smaller Year by Year
Our goats are quite unique, thus the redundancy, "miniature dwarf." Twenty years ago, we started our herd with just two Nigerian Dwarf does. After one round of breeding we found that one of the girls, Moonlight, carried a gene that caused even more dwarfing than is usually found in this breed. We began a selective breeding program in an attempt to capture and amplify this additional dwarfing factor.
When we added two doe kids, Hope and Faith, who were not only much smaller than the average Nigerian Dwarf, but also carry the genetics for blue eyes and poling (natural born horn-less-ness), our program took a giant leap forward! As the years have passed, we have bred those three genetic factors into the herd. This year, our newest buckling, Toupee, was friendly from the day he was born (without the need for sweet grain bribery), something we haven't seen in past generations. Is friendliness (or maybe fearlessness) a genetic trait? We'll see!
Today, we believe we have the smallest Nigerian Dwarf Goats in North America, maybe in the world. Many have blue eyes and no horns or very small horns, and can weigh less than 20 pounds at maturity. If you think you have seen a smaller goat, or have one yourself, we'd love to meet you! Shoot us an email and we'll set up a visit.
We generally have 15-20 kids available for adoption each Summer.
We're still struggling for a word or phrase that adequately describes the reduced size of our kids: teacup? toy? palm? mini? micro? pocket? Honey I shrunk the goat? I can't believe this is not a kitten!? Any suggestions?