Nigerian Dwarf goats originated in West Africa.  Females average about 18” height and bucks about 19.5”, but their body conformation resembles that of typical large dairy goat breeds.  Their coat color is highly variable, and sometimes changes with age.  Nigerian Dwarfs breed year around.  They may begin breeding as early as 7 weeks of age, but breeding should be delayed until 7 to 8 months when most have sufficient size.  While births of litters of up to 4 kids are common, their normal milk production (up to 3 or 4 pounds daily with 6 to 10% fat) is adequate for 3 or 4 kids.  NAL #4661 illustrates a Nigerian Dwarf doe at 6 years of age.  The Image Gallery home page shows a link to Breeds of Livestock including goats.

Nigerian Dwarf doe kid, 3 months old

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Description: Nigerian Dwarf goats originated in West Africa. Females average about 18” height and bucks about 19.5”, but their body conformation resembles that of typical large dairy goat breeds. Their coat color is highly variable, and sometimes changes with age. Nigerian Dwarfs breed year around. They may begin breeding as early as 7 weeks of age, but breeding should be delayed until 7 to 8 months when most have sufficient size. While births of litters of up to 4 kids are common, their normal milk production (up to 3 or 4 pounds daily with 6 to 10% fat) is adequate for 3 or 4 kids. NAL #4661 illustrates a Nigerian Dwarf doe at 6 years of age. The Image Gallery home page shows a link to Breeds of Livestock including goats.

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