The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature goat of West African Origin. It’s conformation is similar to that of the larger dairy goat breeds. The parts of the body are in balanced proportion. The nose is straight. The ears are upright. The coat is soft with short to medium hair. Any color or combination of colors is acceptable, though silver agouti (roan) is considered a moderate fault.
Height of the Nigerian Dwarf Goat
|Does||17″ to 19″||22.6″|
|Bucks||19″ to 20″||23.6″|
Ideal weight is suggested to be about 75 pounds based on HES evaluation information.
Animals are disqualified from the show ring for being over-sized for the breed standard, curly coat,roman nose, and pendulous ears or evidence of myatonia. (This is associated with fainting goats.)
The most commonly asked question about Dwarf goats is: What is the difference between these and Pygmy goats? Although they have similar origins, they are separate and distinct breeds. Pygmies are bred to be “cobby” and heavy boned, meat goat. (The best pygmies look like beer kegs with legs.) Dwarfs are bred to have the length of body and structure, in proportion, of a dairy goat and kept for dairy. Their milk can be high in butter fat and excellent for cheese.
Dwarf goats come in many colors. Main color families are black, chocolate and gold. Random white markings are common, as are spots and other color combinations such as red, white, gold and black.
Color is one of the BIG factors that makes breeding Dwarfs so popular. You never can be sure what color the babies will be until they are born; even then you can’t be sure because many times their color will change.