Pygmy Goat: Brief History and Characteristics

Pygmy Goats: A Brief History

The Pygmy Goat was formerly referred to as Cameroon Dwarf Goat. It is an African breed of miniature goats; precisely from West African countries. However, there are similar goat breeds in the Northern African, East African and South Western African countries. Now, Pygmy goats can be found in the United States of America. So if you want to buy pygmy goats, there are American breeders that you can buy from.

Pygmy goats were exported from West Africa to zoos in Germany and Sweden where they were exhibited as exotic animals. From these zoos, they were transported to the United States, Canada and England. The first shipments of Pygmy goats were first by the Catskill Game Farm in New York and the Rhue family in California.

Some facts or characteristics of Pygmy Goats

  1. The Pygmy goat miniature goats breed. The adult male could weigh as high as 86 lbs or 39 kg, while the adult female pygmy could weigh as high as 75 lbs or 34 kg. They are short and slightly chubby in height and body size respectively. Don’t forget; an adult male pygmy goat is called a Buck while an adult female pygmy goat is called a Doe.
  2. Pygmy goats can for an average of 10 years. We have some pygmy goats that live up until 15 years or more.
  3. Pygmy goats are very smart goats. Hence, they can be trained just like other pets to behave well or to perform amazing tricks. You will always find them as great pets provided you have great pet training skills.
  4. Pygmy goats are very loving and affectionate animals. They will always display their love provided that they are also treated with affection and love. They need proper goat management.
  5. They are very hardy, versatile and have the ability to adapt to mild, favorable and/or severe climates or weather. So don’t worry much about harsh climates or weathers if you want to raise or breed miniature goats such as a pygmy goat.
  6. Just like other goat breeds, pygmies hate isolation and confinement. They don’t want to be raised in isolation or cages where they wouldn’t be able to roam about freely. If you do this, you will lose a good number of your animals. They often suffer claustrophobia.
  7. Pygmy goats love to play. Yes, they are playful, athletic animals and love to leap. Don’t be surprised when you see them leaping for no reason. Well, it’s a sign that they are happy, joyful and ready to play with you.
  8. You can’t see a pygmy goat and won’t fall in love with them. They are adorable, friendly and nurturing in nature. Hence, they qualify as pets for households.

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