Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus

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Quick Facts
Height:
Weight:
Males: 19 to 21 inches; females 17 to 19 inches
75 pounds
Distribution: Worldwide
Habitat: Rocky terrain, lowland plains, alpine regions

An estimated 65 percent of the world’s population drinks goat milk, which is statistically more nutrient-rich than cow milk. People with lactose intolerance can drink goat milk, which is easier to digest, especially for infants.


Description

The coloration of this particular goat species ranges from white to gray and roan to calico. Even though they are smaller than other goat species, Nigerian dwarf goats produce a large quantity of milk for their size. Their milk has a sweeter taste and a higher butterfat and protein content than milk from full-sized dairy goats. Nigerian dwarf goats have horizontal slit-shaped pupils, an adaptation that increases peripheral depth perception, similar to an octopus.
 

Status in the Wild
Nigerian dwarf goats are considered rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Organizations exist to help preserve and maintain the standards for this breed.

Conservation Programs

 


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