Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Nigerian Dwarf Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus


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

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.

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