The Nigerian Dwarf goat, as the name would suggest, is a miniature goat breed which hails from Nigeria.
The breed has become very popular throughout the world and are known to make excellent pets, which is partly the reason large numbers were exported many years ago. They are very easily looked after and are also great milkers.
Small in size, the breed is divided up into two separate height standards. In America, the American Goat society says that females should be less than 57cms in height at the withers, with bucks under 60cms. The Nigerian
Nigerian Dwarf Goat association meanwhile state that does should not exceed 53cms, ideally between 43 to 48cms, and bucks up to a maximum of 58cms. The breed comes in a variety of colours, from white to gold, to black, red, cream, brown and a mixture of colours!
Some can be found with white colouring around their ears. The breed are generally hornless, though if horns are present at birth they are usually removed. The breed have piercing blue eyes, one of their most-famed features.
Milk quality -
As mentioned they breed is also used for dairying purposes and even produces a high quantity of milk in comparison to its size.
A lactating female can produce up to 3.6kgs of milk per day, though this depends upon genetics and a range of other factors such as weather, health, and feed provided.
The milk obtained from the goats have an extremely high butterfat content, higher than full-sized breeds. They average 6.5% altogether, though some have reported butterfat at over 10% in later lactations. The milk is used natively to provide for families, while it also is excellent for use in cheese, soap and cheese production!
A small breed, though that is not to say it doesn’t pack a punch dairy-wise. The Nigerian Dwarf goat may be cute, but it also has its uses.