African Pygmy goats are a miniature "meat" breed. They are considered to be cobby (more compact and muscular) than Nigerian Dwarf goats. Their head and limbs are short relative to their body length. They are gregarious, good-natured, gentle, and curious. They possess the same ease of care and heartiness as other breeds of goats. They are genetically horned, but disbudding and dehorning are allowed in the show ring and are advisable if young children will be around the animals.
Several color patterns are preferred with agouti (salt and pepper apppearance produced by the intermingling of light and dark hairs) being a predominant color. Caramel is also a prevalent color. Random markings are acceptable if they are light markings on a dark background that appear to be a complete or partial girth belt.
This breed has a well-established support network with resources and shows all over the country. They are registered by the National Pygmy Goat Association, American Goat Society, and International Dairy Goat Registry.
For more information contact:
National Pygmy Goat Association
1932 149th Ave. SE
Snohomish WA 98290
fax: (425) 334-5447
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"There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing: a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing; a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him." Proverbs 30:29-31
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