Pygmy goats are miniature goats. They are extremely intelligent and playful, pygmy goats will get bored without a companion to play with they make fantastic pets and come in a variety of colours ranging from brown, black and red to golden with white markings.
Pygmy goats are very hardy, and adapt to the cold by producing a thick, woolly undercoat. Pygmy goats are one of the few breeds of goat that will breed out of season. They will therefore produce more than one baby goat, or kid, per season. They are hardy, alert, and playful with even temperaments. Pygmy Goats are very sociable and love people and other goats. Since they are herd creatures, they do not like being alone, something to consider before buying pygmy goats.
If they are to be kept as pets, pygmy goats should also have their horns removed (a procedure called debudding) in order to prevent them from hurting people or other goats.
Pygmy Goats are also notoriously curious and often get their horns stuck in fences or other tight spots.
Debudding is safest and least painful when done at an early age. Pygmy Goats love human contact and if handled and kept fit and healthy make wonderful pets for children and adults alike. They are friendly, gentle and very very inquisitive.
Where are Pygmy goats from?
The Pygmy goat comes from the Cameroon Valley in Western Africa.
What do Pygmy goats eat?
Pygmy Goats enjoy being fed and will eat almost anything, but hay is their favourite. Grain or grain mixes supply added protein, vitamins, and minerals. There are a variety of grain mixes formulated specifically for goats that contain 16% protein. As an alternative, rolled ration, otherwise known as COB, contains corn, oats, and barley with or without molasses. It contains about 9% protein and no added vitamins and minerals.
Salt and minerals are a vital part of a goat’s diet and are found in a variety of sources including hay, pasture, grain, soil, and supplements. Bones are composed of calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P), therefore, Ca and P must be in a goat’s diet in adequate amounts for it to have good bone and muscle development. Even a mature animal must have adequate Ca and P to maintain bone structure. The ratio of Ca and P is quite important-it should be 2:1 in a goat’s diet. This ratio is not only important for bone development, but also aids in urinary tract health in male goats.
Why are Pygmy goats kept?
Pygmy goats are often kept in zoos or as pets because they have a friendly personality and are happy in all weathers. Although they produce a large amount of milk for their size and can be eaten, pygmy goats are not often used for milk or meat.
How long do Pygmy Goats live for?
10 – 15 years.
What sort of shelter/Housing is Required?
You cannot house Pygmy goats in a large dog kennel as some people believe. They don’t like to sleep on the ground, they like to have large benches or similar to sleep on! The ventilation should also be good but the accomodation should also be draft free.
Remember Pygmy goats do not like to live alone, there should be at least two per housing. For bedding, a rubber mat covered with sawdust and straw and to make cleaning simple, the floor should be ideally tilted toward the door. This will allow you to hose down the floor on a regular basis and the water will flow out the door. You won’t have to clean very often though because the goat will keep its bed clean. Outside the area should be securely fenced to allow your Pygmy goats to exercise and keep safe.
Can Pygmy Goats and Sheep be kept Together?
The short answer is YES, absolutely. Both Pygmy Goats and Sheep are herd animals and will live together quite happily.