Habitat & Range
The Nigerian dwarf can be found in the lowlands and countryside of West Africa. It can tolerate hot, dry climates and also adapts to cold climates by growing a thick wool coat.
The Nigerian dwarf is a miniature dairy goat that is smaller and less stocky than the popular pygmy goat. It has many possibly color patterns including combinations of black, brown or gold mixed with white. Although most are naturally horned, most breeders disbud them for the safety of the goat and its herd. According to the Nigerian Dwarf Goat Association, males should be 23 inches and females 21 inches at the withers.
Based on their environment, Nigerian dwarfs feed on a variety of grass, hay and grains.
Reproduction & Lifespan
Males reach sexual maturity at only 4 months of age, while females aren’t fully mature until 8 months. With a gestation period of 5 months, they breed all year round and produce 2 to 4 young.
On average, these goats live between 15 and 20 years.
Fantastic Fact Got Milk?
Nigerian dwarfs produce a surprising amount of milk for their small size. Production ranges from 1 to 8 pounds of milk per day, which can be up to 2 pints. Their milk contains a higher butterfat content than milk from a full-sized dairy goat, and is excellent for making cheese and soap.
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