Our Goat Tribe – Nigerian Dwarfs
The Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat is a miniature breed, originating in Nigeria, and developed in the United States. They are often kept for dairy, pet, and meat purposes.
They are known for their excellent quality, sweet, milk that often has exceptionally high butterfat content (averaging 6.5%). This makes for particularly lovely cheeses and soaps. On average a doe will produce about 2 1/2 pounds of milk per day (or just over a quart). Production ranges from 1 to 8 pounds per day depending on genetics, number of freshenings, quality and type of feed, and general care management.
They have balanced proportions similar in appearance to the full-sized breeds of Swiss dairy goats (such as Alpines, Oberhaslis, Saanens, and Toggenburgs), but markedly shorter height. Breed standards set does at between 17 to 22 1/2” high at the withers, and bucks between 19 to 23 1/2” at the withers. Their ears are medium length; erect and alert. Their coats are medium length and straight. The face is either straight or slightly dished. The Nigerian Dwarf is the only dairy breed known to occasionally have blue eyes. Blue, brown and golden eyes are acceptable; as is any pattern, color, or combination of colors for the coat. Nigerian dwarf does weigh between 30 to 50 pounds. Nigerian dwarf bucks weigh between 35 to 60 pounds.
They are amiable, gentle, trainable, and hardy animals that fair well in almost any climate.
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