Originally known as the Cameroon dwarf goat, the pygmy goat is a social animal that thrives in a herd due to its innate need of companionship. Although they are primarily kept as pets, pygmy goats can also be milk producers and working animals.It is now thought best to leave goats until 14-18 months of age before having them served. The gestation period is approximately 5 months. Goats are a four-legged, hoofed farm animal and have been domesticated for thousands of years. Goats, especially miniature species such as African Pygmy Goats and Nigerian Dwarf Goats, are kept as pets. Goats are well liked for their curious and intelligent nature.
As matings earlier than this age are possible but undesirable, entire male kids should be separated from females at 10 weeks of age. Kiddings are usually uncomplicated, but it is advisable for owners to be present. Kids may be weaned at 12-14 weeks if they are taking a good ration of concentrates, but left with their mothers they may continue to suckle for seven months or more.
A reputable breeder won’t offer their goat up for adoption until they reach eight to 12 weeks old since they are still feeding on a bottle, slowly weaning off. Unless you want to bottle feed, a pygmy goat, at this age, will become more independent and can handle the stress of going to a new home. Most breeders should include written registration papers, up-to-date vaccinations, a checkup from a licensed vet, a test for diseases and a health guarantee. At 10 to 12 weeks old, if the goat hasn’t been vaccinated yet, then they should have a vaccine against clostridial diseases and should be started on a parasite control program. At full grown size, females, on average, can weigh 50 to 75 pounds, whereas a male can weigh slightly more at 60 to 85 pounds. Their height can range from 16 to 24 inches. As long as healthy, a pygmy goat can live eight to 12 years old.
Pygmy goats are known for being friendly, curious, and outgoing. They seek out and enjoy interacting with people, and will respond readily to vocal calls. While bucks in particular can have the stubborn streak that goats are famous for, Pygmy goats are an excellent companion animal.
Types of pygmy goats /Costs
Each type of pygmy goat is priced differently. Here is the average purchase price a buyer has to bear for each type.
Neutered Male goats
Neutered male goats are those who have been castrated or had their testicles removed. The prices of these infertile pygmy goats are confined within the realm of $50 – $100.
Buck, a sexually mature male goat used for breeding, is priced around $150 – $175. A registered goat has recorded ancestry for a buyer to study.
Doeling is a female goat under a year of age and sexually immature. Registered Doelings corner the market and are generally sold within the realm of $225 to $400.
Retired/Older Male Female goats
Goats have a life expectancy of 10 – 12 years. Their productivity starts to wane when they reach the age of 6 to 7 years. Older goats are not the most coveted therefore are priced around $50 – $100.
A sexually mature male goat with no record of lineage costs within the range of $75 – $150.
Absence of recorded pedigree does not work in Doeling’s favour. They are generally sold at an average price of $100 to $150.
Wethers: Wether, a male buck castrated at a young age, is unable to procreate. They are usually bought around the price range of $75 – $125.