General Information

The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a miniature dairy breed from West African origins. Their small stature means that they do not require as much space as their larger dairy goat counterparts and their gentle, friendly personalities make them good companion pets and easy to handle. Even small children can be at ease with these little goats. Nigerian Dwarfs are still considered "rare" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy with their numbers totaling about 7,000 in the national registries. A healthy Nigerian Dwarf doe can produce a surprising amount of sweet milk for her small size - up to two quarts per day. In addition Nigerian Dwarf milk is higher in butterfat (6-10%) and higher in protein content than most dairy breeds. However, many Nigerian Dwarf owners do not raise their goats for milk but for the pleasure and companionship that these little caprines bring to their lives.