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interesting facts about pygmy goats
Pygmy goats get the nickname of dwarf goats for their compact size, only growing up to 20 inches high. Their weight ranges from 35 to 50 pounds for females and 40 to 60 pounds for males. They have a large range of colors, from white/caramel to dark red, silver to black with frosted spots, solid black, and brown.
what are pygmy goats used for
They provide small amounts of high quality milk but are considered a meat goat. The pygmy is small, cobby and compact and is not fine-boned like the dairy breeds or Nigerian Dwarfs Pygmies are bred to be “cobby” and heavy boned.
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African Pygmy Goat
Capra aegagrus hircus
African pygmy goats didn’t make it to the United States until the late 50s, which were exported from Europe. Pygmy goats are a native goat breed of West Africa, where they originated in the Cameroon Valley. Since they’ve come to the United States, they’ve been used in lab research, zoos, and are a common breed of goat kept as a pet. Regarding breeding, the United States has established seven breed standard approved colors; these can be categorized into dark caramel, red caramel, white caramel, light-grey agouti, dark-grey agouti, and medium-grey agouti, and solid black. They’ve gained so much popularity due to their friendly and docile nature, small size, and milk production.
Like all other goat breeds, male goats are called bucks and females are called does.
Average height of an adult African pygmy goat is around 1 – 2 feet. Male goats on average can weigh between 60 to 90 lbs and females can weigh around 50 to 75 lbs. Typically, African pygmy goats produce 1 to 4 offspring every 9 to 12 months. The gestation period lasts for about 140 days. Female pygmy goats gain maturity to produce offspring within 12 to 18 weeks of age, with their offspring nursing almost immediat.
African Pygmy goats are adaptable to most climates, and enjoy having items to jump and leap on. In domesticated care, the primary diet consists of greens and grains, and require fresh water at all times.
African pygmy goats are social animals that do well with a companion. They are also considered prey animals, and need appropriate shelter from predators, especially at night.
Say Hello To Cub Creek’s African Pygmy Goats: Misty & Tink
Misty is our oldest goat in our herd, she was born in May of 2009. Before her retirement, Misty has given birth to 9 kids. She now lives out her days in the back pasture eating hay and all the all stock she can find! Tink was born to Ella and Eagle on January 27th, 2015. She is small but mighty. Tink lives with all of our goats in the back pasture. Her favorite camp activity is Circle of life, where she gets her pictures taken with all the campers in their cabin!
Cub Creek Animal Care Information
– Our African Pygmy Goats thrive in open pasture environments, with lush green fields for grazing. The pastures are enclosed with fencing to keep predators out, and provide a covered area to take shelter in extreme weather. We provide automatic water dispensers that always keep fresh water for the goats.
– The majority of our goats diets consists of grains and hay. This provides well balanced nutrition, supplemented by lush grasses they graze on. The food is provided to them in hanging food bucket containers, a feed trough, and hay feeders. Sometimes they enjoy special treats of various vegetables!
– Goats love to play King of the Playground! We have a goat playground that was built for these guys by a local boy scout. Their ancestors were mountain climbers, so it makes sense that domesticated goats love to climb anything they can! This custom playground platform has two ramps that connect on a middle platform. This certainly helps to keep them entertained and stimulated. In the summertime, campers have been known to make special popsicle or enrichment treats, that our goats love. They love the personal one-on-one time and socialization they get with campers.
Pygmy goats are small goats of African origin. They were originally called the Cameroon Dwarf goat. The goat is mostly restricted to the West African countries. Similar forms of Pygmy goats also occur in all of northern Africa, in the southwestern African countries and also in east Africa. However, what we call the Cameroon Dwarf goat is the one that we are concerned with and which we have in the United States and is the breed that actually came from the former French Cameroon area. Pygmys are considered meat goats but are mainly used as pets.
African Pygmy goats are small in size, averaging 15 to 20 inches tall (38.1 to 50.8 centimeters) at the shoulder. Females weigh about 23 to 34 kilograms, (35 to 50 pounds) and males about 27 to 39 kg (40 to 60 pounds). Their color can range from light/white caramel, medium caramel, dark caramel, dark red caramel, silver or light grey agouti, medium grey agouti, dark grey agouti, black with frosted points, solid black and brown agouti. They provide small amounts of high quality .
Pygmy does grazing
milk but are considered a meat goat. The pygmy is small, cobby and compact and is not fine-boned like the dairy breeds or Nigerian Dwarfs Pygmies are bred to be “cobby” and heavy boned.
Breed characteristics of the Pygmy include a full coat of straight, medium-long hair which varies in density with seasons and climates. On females, beards may be nonexistent, sparse or trimmed. On adult males, abundant hair growth is desirable; the beard should be full, long and flowing, the copious mane draping cape-like across the shoulders.